How many names of February do you know?
In Greece, the second month of the year is called many different names, all linked to its short duration: Mikros, Koutsos, Koutoflevaros, Fliaris and Gouzoukis. February is also called Flevaris, because of the underground water veins (fleves), that flow in abundance at this time of the year due to many rains.
Whichever way you choose, February is here and we couldn’t be happier, as it brings us a little bit closer to spiring!
Melomakarona and Kourambiedes
As Christmas is getting closer we would like to share with you our favourite Christmas recipes: melomakarona and kourambiedes! Happy Baking!
Christopsomo or Christ’s bread is a very special Greek bread for Christmas. It has its origins in ancient Greece and the bloodless sacrifices people used to offer to their Gods to ask for their favour.
Christmas breads and holiday hearts…this is the way the holiday starts!
We are so excited to share with you some photos from our sold out Christmas workshop, in collaboration with the Hellenic Centre and Ekivil (Ελληνικός Κύκλος Βιβλιόφιλων Λονδίνου). All the little ones who joined enjoyed a very fun day filled with all sorts of festive activities, a seasonal play, traditional baking and exciting arts and crafts. Can’t wait to see you all again in our Easter event!
17th November 1973 – A Day to Remember!
On the 17th of November 1973, a group of University students, barricaded inside Athens Polytechnic (Polytechneio), protesting the military junta that was ruling Greece since 1967.
Happy Father’s Day!
Mother Figures in Modern Greek Art
Mother as an inspiration for Modern Greek Art!
May Day has its roots in antiquity. It is the first day of May and signifies the commencement of spring celebrations. According to tradition, May took its name from the Roman deity Maia, named by the Greek word Maia (Μαία), which means nanny and mother.
Easter traditions in Greece
Orthodox Easter is filled with different customs and traditions related to the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Many of these are still followed and celebrated all around Greece during the Holy Week (Μεγάλη Εβδομάδα), with the participation in each also being an opportunity for a social gathering.
One of the most popular traditions is dyeing eggs in a bright red colour. The custom originated amongst the early Christians of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red to honour the blood of Christ. One can find many stories linked to the custom, most of which are associated with female figures, such as Mary Magdalene or Virgin Mary, and their connection to the crucifixion of Christ. In any case, the custom was adopted by the Christian Church and red eggs became a symbol of the resurrection.