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April 14, 2021

Kyra Sarakosti, traditions and customs

Kyra Sarakosti traditions and recipe!

The custom of Kyra Sarakosti (Mrs Sarakosti) is one of the oldest customs associated with Easter celebration.

He always served as a calendar to measure weeks from Clean Monday to the Holy Week, as Kyra Sarakosti has 7 feet, one for each week of the fasting period.

Kyra Sarakosti, in most areas, was a paper painting, depicting a woman, which looked like a nun, with 7 feet, crossed hands because she prays, a cross because he went to church and without mouth because he is fasting. At the end of each week, starting on Saturday after the clean Monday, I did a foot. The latter had the great Saturday. This piece of paper folded it well and hid it on a dry fig or nut (area of ​​Chios), which placed with others. Anyone was considered lucky and gourd. In some areas, the seventh leg placed it in the bread of resurrection and anyone who found it melted.

In other parts of Greece, Kyra Sarakosti is made of dough with simple materials and, mainly, very salt to do not spoil. In addition, it did not rise, since they were used as a calendar. Else again, they made it from a cloth and filled with a feather.

Kyra Sarakosti with dough.


  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • Spices for decoration such as carnation


  1. Preheat the oven to 160 ° C in air.
  2. Put the ingredients for the dough in a bowl and knead until it becomes a flexible and nice dough.
  3. We make start creating Kyra Sarakosti, with the dough making the body, the skirt, the face, her legs, decorate it as you want and put it in a baking pan with baking paper.
  4. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. We are interested in drying the dough and not to "be cooked".

Have a great time, with your family by either drawing Kyra Sarakosti or making the dough.

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