Clean Monday (Greek: Καθαρά Δευτέρα), also known as Pure Monday, Ash Monday, Monday of Lent or Green Monday, is the first day of the Eastern Orthodox Christian and Eastern Catholic Great Lent.
It is a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus, where it is celebrated with outdoor excursions, the consumption of shellfish and other fasting food, a special kind of azyme bread, baked only on that day, named “lagana” (Greek: λαγάνα) and the widespread custom of flying kites.
Illustrator Manos Symeonakis produced this on the occasion.
The papers used to compose the kite are ads from pawn shops, one of the booming industries in the crisis stricken Greece. A typical industry that trades in the unhappiness of others.
Speaking of Greek crisis-related illustrations, here’s one by Dutch freelance illustrator Jochem Coenen. A common friend, a Dutch journalist based in Athens, notified me of it.
This is his blog.