Mmmmm, can you smell it?
It's the unmistakable aroma of charred meat known in Greek as "tsikna" (TSEEK-nah).
In villages and towns all over Greece, folks are firing up the grill to participate in a national feast day known as Tsiknopempti (tseek-no-PEMP-tee) or "Charred Thursday."
Unfortunately, it's not a great time to be a Vegetarian, because the smell of grilled meat will assault you just about everywhere you go.
On the brighter side, there will also be music and dancing and general merriment, which may distract you from the overwhelming aroma of meat cooking all around you.
The forefathers of the Orthodox Church were very pragmatic in their preparation for Great Lent. They allowed the faithful an opportunity to gradually purge their kitchens and pantries of the foods that would be restricted during the Lenten period to follow.
The Thursday preceding Meatfare Sunday kicks off a long weekend of celebration and gives everyone a chance to get the meat out of their freezers and refrigerators. It's also yet another excuse to have a party - how Greek is that?
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