Today is Ash Monday here in Greece, the beginning of a period of fasting, also known as the Great Lent. In Greek it is called Tessarakosti, meaning 40 days. This day is also called “Clean Monday”. From what I’ve been told, people will empty their cupboards and refrigerators of all animal products. I’ve no idea where they’re going to put that, just throw it away or hold one last “grande bouffe” to get rid of it in a useful and pleasant manner. In stores no animal products will be sold. Some department stores close and sell only “kosjer” food at little stalls before the entrance. Today the bakers will sell only one particular type of bread, a flat loaf, called “lagana”. I’ll see if I can get some pictures.