February 28, 2019

Happy Tsiknopempti

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).

All restaurants, taverns or even privately at home, traditionally grill meat on this smokey Thursday all over Greece, a great outing night for meat lovers ! Happy TsiknopemptiHappy Tsiknopempti 1