Mardi Gras in Cyprus
Mardi Gras in Cyprus

For two weeks before the Lenten fast begins, Cypriots celebrate. Processions and activities animate the island's life. When it comes to gastronomy, Cypriots begin with a week that focuses on meat, whether grilled or stewed, while the second week of Carnival is called Tyrini, or "cheese week." The specialty during that time is bourekia, anari cheese pastries flavored with cinnamon, little gourmet delights that disappear on the Monday that marks the start of Lent.  

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