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Procession of the Epitaph of the church of St. Dionysius in Athens leading to Syntagma Square, on Good Friday,
10 April 2015.

Great Lent: A spiritual preparation for accepting the Resurrection at Easter

Greeks are getting ready for the greatest feast of the Orthodox Church.

So what is allowed during a Greek fast?

Allowed: Beans, vegetables, bread, fruit, honey, rice, pasta (no egg noodles), cereals, octopus, squid, olive oil, and basically anything that does not contain animal products.

What is not so simple is to understand

Fasting is not about what you eat, it’s more about coming closer to ourselves, its a process which can get you closer to God. For an orthodox monk, this is his lifetime project, and such a “diet” is just designed to assist him during this process.

Spiros Korakis owns a fish shop at the central market in central Athens. He started fasting two weeks before Easter and his diet plan for these days includes cuttlefish, octopus, mussels-shrimps, as well as all kinds of legumes and vegetables.



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