Fried carp is one of, if not *the* most traditional of dishes in .

Which is pretty funny, considering:
a). obviously Christmas is a thing;
b). carp for Christmas was introduced and promoted by the regime as a way of dealing with fish shortages (carp is cheap);
c). this scheme was cooked up (ha!) by a Hilary Minc, a communist minister, who happened to be Jewish.

A proper Catholic Communist Jewish tradition! Gotta love conservatism.

Merry GravMass, people!

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@rysiek my gma would make that classic orange fish dish for xmas as a kid. I unserstood it to be polish / lithuanian but I believe it is a Greek dish actually.

@mooog it's called "Greek fish", and as far as I know Greeks have no knowledge of it.

Same with "pierogi ruskie", "Russian" dumplings. Russian cuisine has no such dish.

No clue why we Poles name dishes this way.

@rysiek @mooog *pierogi ruskie* are named after Kievan Rus, not Russia

I am not aware of this dish, and I am pretty confident that most others Greeks know nothing about it as well. On top of that, carp AFAIK is not a sea fish, so, not so easy to find in Greece.

@dimitrisk @mooog "Greek-style fish" is not usually carp (that's a separate dish). But yeah, thanks for confirming! 😃

Oh, the orange fish dish is called this way? Fwiw, the most common orange one here is the sea bream :)

@dimitrisk @mooog well, the fish itself is not orange. It's just covered in a bunch of vegetables (including plenty of carrot) that makes the *dish* look orange. 😸

Sorry, I fail at communicating lately.

@rysiek we had cod and it was good. But for me, the most traditional chrostmas dish is pierogi ruskie.

Also, there's more to Chirstmas than just Catholic and Jewish traditions. It also appears in Orthodox and Protestant Churches. The Christmas Tree was introduced by Martin Luther. It also draws from many pagan traditions such as roman Saturnalia and slavic Kolęda.

@rysiek oh, and of course the original long-bearded grandpa riding through the sky was Odin with the Wild Hunt, not St. Nicholas with the reindeers.

@wolf480pl @rysiek Of course, even the name of Christmas in many languages (such as Swedish "jul" and Finnish "joulu") directly stems from the old pagan winter solstice celebration, which was common before the Christian traditions arrived here.

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