The Acropoli and Halandri branches got together to celebrate Kathara Deftera. The fasting period before Easter starts on Clean Monday and lasts for 40 days. People like to spend this day outdoors if possible enjoying a picnic in the country and flying kites. The kite symbolises the soul of man who is made to 'fly' in heaven. Some others say that we fly a kite in order to send away all bad things, and so to prepare for Purification.