Special opening hours for shops and food markets on “Clean Monday” holiday

Greece’s street and farmers’ markets will operate as normal on the February 27 Clean Monday holiday, while retail food shops and markets will keep special opening hours. Clean Monday is a bank holiday in Greece and marks the start of Orthodox Lent.

The shops in the Consumers’ Market and the Central Markets and Fisheries Organisation in Rendi will stay open from 8:00 on Sunday until 14:00 on Clean Monday. Similarly, the Varvakios food market in central Athens will stay open from 22:00 on Sunday until 13:00 on Clean Monday.

Bakeries will be open from the morning of Clean Monday to sell the special unleavened ‘lagana’ bread traditionally eaten by Orthodox Greeks on this day.