Lady Lent
Lady Lent
Lady Lent

Lady Lent (Kira Sarakosti / Κυρά Σαρακοστή) is an old Greek custom affiliated with the Easter period that not many people remember, let alone celebrate, nowadays. 

Kira Sarakosti is a form of calendar, used to count down the weeks of Lent. She comes in the form of a small paper drawing or baked dough, and whenever I try to describe her to someone she sounds terrifying.

Imagine this: a female figure with seven legs (one for each week of Lent during Easter) and no mouth, indicating that she can't eat due to fasting. Each week on a Saturday, one of her legs would be cut off, marking down the weeks to Holy Sunday. Horrifying, right? 

But look at how totally adorable she actually is...