Kathari Deftera @ Maclay
Kathari Deftera, also known as Clean Monday is on the 19th February and is traditionally celebrated in Greece and amongst Eastern Christians.
The common term for this day, "Clean Monday", refers to the leaving behind of sinful attitudes and non-fasting foods. It is sometimes called "Ash Monday", by analogy with Ash Wednesday (the day when the Western Churches begin Lent).
Clean Monday is a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus, where it is celebrated with outdoor excursions, the consumption of shellfish and other fasting food, a special kind of azyme bread, baked only on that day, named "lagana" (Greek: λαγάνα) and the widespread custom of flying kites.
To help celebrate this day our Common room will have some tasty Greek treats (Baklava), alongside some coffee and even a few kites for you to fly, should the weather permit!
If you are using the kites please do remember:
- Fly them in open spaces only such as Kelvingrove Park to avoid hitting buildings and other people
- Don't fly kites in wet windy weather or when there's thunder and lighting
- Be aware of our surroundings at all times
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