Tsiknopempti

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Tsiknopempti (Greek: Τσικνοπέμπτη), literally Smelly Thursday, or even Charred, Smoky, or Barbeque Thursday "because of the smell of the grilled meat in the air",[1] is part of the traditional celebrations for Carnival (in Greek: Αποκριά) season in Greece and Cyprus.

Celebration[edit]

The three weeks of Carnival in Greece are, in order, "Prophoni" (in Greek: Προφωνή -Preannouncement Week), "Kreatini" (in Greek: Κρεατινή -Meatfare Week),[1] and "Tyrofagou" (in Greek: Τυροφάγου -Cheesefare Week).[1] Tsiknopempti is the Thursday of the 2nd week of Apokria[2] (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.[3] In the Greek Orthodox tradition, fasting on Wednesday and Friday is important, therefore Thursday is the best day for Tsiknopempti.[4] Tsiknopempti is celebrated 11 days before Clean Monday ((or Ash Monday).

Similar celebrations known as Fat Thursday are held in many other countries.

Etymology[edit]

The name Τσικνοπέμπτη comes from the Greek words τσίκνα, which is the smell of roasting meat,[2] and Πέμπτη, which means Thursday.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Greek Customs". Hellenic Republic: Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  2. ^ a b Λεξικό της Δημοτικής. Ορθογραφικό, ερμηνευτικό, ετυμολογικό (in Greek) (2nd ed.). Athens: Εταιρεία Ελληνικών Εκδόσεων. 1977. p. 715.
  3. ^ Σόφη Ζιώγου (March 7, 2013). Τσικνοπέμπτη: 20 παραδόσεις, έθιμα και άλλα που (ίσως) δε γνωρίζατε. clickatlife.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  4. ^ "Apokries. Carnival in Crete & Greece". Living in Crete.net. Retrieved 2017-08-28.