The first day of Lent in Greece is a bit of an oddity. For many, a strict Lenten fast will be observed in reverence to the solemnity of the time leading up to Pascha (Easter), while also frolicking and picnicking, and generally having a jolly good time!
In a Greek home, koulourakia are to Easter what pumpkin pie is to Thanksgiving. Can you have one without the other and still call it a holiday? I think not.