Greek Orthodox Great Lent: The Basics

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Greek Orthodox Great Lent: The Basics

With Easter right around the corner, this past week marked the beginning of The Great Lenten season. It is a period of fasting, prayer and personal improvement that begins on Clean Monday and runs for seven weeks, ending on Easter Sunday.

Clean Week

The first week of lent is referred to as the “Clean Week”. This is the week that fasting is the most strict and is often a time for spring cleaning as a way to symbolize the cleansing of one's surroundings for the cleansing of his spirit. Clean Monday is also a day of celebration and traditions. Children often make paper dolls named Lady Lent with seven legs to represent each week, removing one as they go by. 

Recipe Ideas for Lent

Here is a list of our favorite meatless dishes to make at home this Great Lenten season:

  • Fassolatha (White Bean Soup)
  • Horta Vrasta (Boiled Greens)
  • Domlathakia (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
  • Briam (Vegetable Casserole)
  • Spanakopita (Spinach Pie)


Here at Nick's, you can find a wide variety of specialty products, both imported AND domestic, to use in the creation of any of these wonderful dishes. Remember that we ship as well! Take a look at our online catalog to view our products in preparation of Lenten Season. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Dry Lentils and Beans
  • Taramosalata
  • Canned Beans
  • Canned Hummus
  • Grape leaves and Rice
  • Dolmades
  • Spanakopita (Frozen)
  • Halva
  • Olives & Cheeses

If you are unsure if we carry a certain product or not, you can always give us a call at (804) 644-0683 or leave us a message through our website.

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