Tsiknopempti literally Smoky Thursday, or Barbeque Thursday “because of the smell of the grilled meat in the air”, is part of the traditional celebrations for Carnival season in Greece. Tsiknopempti is the Thursday of the 2nd week of Apokria Carnival (the week of Kreatini), during which large amounts of meat are traditionally consumed prior to the arrival of Lent, the fasting season leading up to Easter. In the Greek Orthodox tradition, fasting on Wednesday and Friday is important, therefore Thursday is the best day for Tsiknopempti which is celebrated 11 days before Clean Monday (or Ash Monday).
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