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Carnevale, Carnival, Apokreas….. Meatfare Sunday.

Tomorrow is known as Apokreas. Apokreas means literally saying goodbye to meat – Apoxh apo kreas – apo-kreas. In Latin the roots of the word Carnival has the same meaning – ‘carne’ is meat and ‘vale’ goodbye.

So, as you see it’s not just about having fancy dress parties and causing mayhem over the carnival period. The roots of Carnival go back to ancient times.

It’s a period for preparing for the “Great Lent” and each week during carnival we see that dishes that are not allowed during lent are slowly cut out.

The Sunday of the Last Judgment is also known as Meatfare Sunday. This is the last day that meat can be eaten before the Lenten fast. Dairy products are allowed on each day of this week, even Wednesday and Friday. The next Sunday is the Sunday of Cheesefare, It is the last day that dairy products can be eaten prior to the commencement of Great Lent.

Zakynthian Tradition for tomorrow’s dinner table would be lamb or goat cooked in the oven with potatoes.

About Louise Inzk

Louise is Australian born and has been a Greek citizen since 1991. She has deep cultural ties with the island, often writing about Zakynthian Traditions and Culture. She is also an active member of the Volunteer Group of Zakynthos, Giostra Di Zante and is a member of the women's choir "Rodambelos". Her love of the island and all it offers saw her joining the Zakynthos (Zante) Informer admin team in 2014.

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