Tsiknopempti is the Thursday during Carnival. It takes place 11 days before the start of Greek Orthodox Lent. In 2019, Tsiknopempti is February 28 and Greek Lent begins on March 11. Tsiknopempti signals the start of the last weekend that observant Greek Orthodox Church members are permitted to eat meat before fasting for Lent.

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Amongst the picturesque cliffs of Mount Athos, Greece, lives a community of monks who have been on this sacred piece of land for centuries. Isolated and hard to reach, the mountain is one of the most important places in the Christian Orthodox world. 

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Messinia will take your breath away. This land filled with contrasts and welcoming inhabitants is only two hours drive away from Athens. See its vast olive groves, green valleys, mountains, gorges and coves.

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From Crete to the Aegean Sea and from there to the Ionian Sea. From Homer to the Venetian Occupation and from there to today. Everything changes in space and time, except for the relation of the Greeks with the sea. With thousands of islands and islets scattered in the Ionian and Aegean Seas and its endless kilometres of coastline, it’s by no surprise that Greece has a special relationship with the sea.

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Why diving into icy waters raises hopes for enlightenment from the Holy Spirit!

The Orthodox Christian holiday of Theophany, also known as the Epiphany, the Celebration of the Lights, or simply ta Fota (the Lights), held every January 6, is the third and final major feast day of the holiday period. Along with St John’s Day, observed the following day, the Epiphany ends the Christmas period in the most festive and symbolic of ways.

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