Clean Monday (Greek: Καθαρά Δευτέρα), is the first day of Great Lent in the Orthodox Christian Pasha. This day is also called Koulouma.
This day in Greece is celebrated as a National Holiday. The whole family gathers around a table full of mezethes, made specially for the day. If the weather allows it, it also involves outdoor acitivities of flying kite and Maypole which is a custom brought from the refugees in Greece, but also has special dishes such as lagana, halva, tarama and various others.
The Maypole Dance Custom(Γαϊτανάκι in Greek)