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December 16, 2007

40 days and 40 nights

Kourabiethes Traditionally, leading up to Christmas, Greeks fast for 40 days. Though initially for religious purposes, some people think it a healthy exercise too. No meat or animal products, such as dairy and eggs, may be eaten, whilst strict Greek Orthodox Christians may exclude oil from their diet too.

During the fasting period, kourabiethes (sugar cookies) and melomakarona (honey cookies) are made, to be enjoyed when breaking the fast on Christmas day, as well as New Year.

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