The game of cracking the Greek Easter eggs | Tsougrisma

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According to Greek tradition, Easter eggs are dyed red. Red colour represents Jesus Christ’s blood. Eggs themselves represent Jesus Christ’s sealed Tomb from which He arose after His Crucifixion. Eggs are also a symbol of fertility and eternal life. 
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Holy Thursday is the day that Greeks by tradition dye the eggs red. This tradition has started to fade the last years. Bright colours, patterns, stickers and more crafting ideas are used nowadays to decorate Easter eggs.

Cracking the Easter eggs symbolises Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The custom takes place after the Resurrection (on Easter Saturday midnight). It is a game that involves two players and two eggs which the players choose from a basket of red eggs. One player holds his egg and the other player taps with the under end of his egg, the upper end of the other player’s egg. The goal is to crack the other player’s egg. The winner, then, uses the same end of the egg to tap the other, – non cracked – end of the opponent’s egg. The winner is the one, whose egg will crack the eggs of all the other players. Read more...

Amazing Sunsets by Stelios Pettas – Amateur Photographer in Zakynthos

Zakynthos is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is widely known by its Italian name, Zante. The island is famous for its pristine beaches. Navagio beach and the Blue Caves are its top attractions. Of course, there is always the non-touristic side of a beautiful place. And that is shown perfectly through the lenses of a local amateur photographer, Stelios Pettas. Stelios lives in Zakynthos, apart from capturing beautiful photographs he collects driftwood, pebbles and shells and he creates unique art as FantaSea by Step. For the purpose of this post we collected some of his recent sunset captures. Enjoy!

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The Greek winter street hot drink

Let’s warm ourselves a little bit with this Greek drink with origins from Turkey, named salepi. 

=&0=&is a flour made from the tubers of the orchid genus Orchis. Salep flour is consumed in beverages and desserts, especially in places that were formerly part of the Ottoman Empire where it is a traditional winter beverage. An increase in consumption is causing local extinctions of orchids in parts of Turkey and Iran.

Properties

~ It is concidered as an aphrodisiac: Salep, known as “the the Man herb ” that gave couples male children, and the cinnamon with cloves, considered anti-impotence for centuries !!
It is demulcent against cough, bronchial and asthma.
~ Helps against  cold, catarrh and flu.
~ Against sinusitis, nausea, vomiting, bloating, heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (ginger).
~ Against  indigestion and stomach disorders and dysentery.

~ Helps in gastric ulcer and duodenum (salep with cinnamon).
~ Facilitates blood circulation, stimulating the function of kidneys and the heart, relieves headaches, menstrual pain and menopausal syndrome (cinnamon).
~ Relieves the problems of the prostate gland, and hemorrhoids.
~ Relieves muscular and rheumatic pains (cinnamon with cloves).
~ It has detoxifying properties (cinnamon), antioxidant and immunomodulatory effects .
~ Helps Diabetes setting (without sugar), cholesterol and triglycerides .
~ Rich in minerals, phosphorus and calcium (salep), magnesium and iron (cinnamon), potassium and vitamin C (ginger, cloves), stimulates the whole organism.
~ It helps in quick recovery of weakened institutions, children and elderly.

~ Removes fatigue, physical and mental.
~ Soothes nerves, eliminates stress and tension.
~ It facilitates brain function, improves memory, gives being and alertness (cinnamon).
~ Excellent coffee substitute.

How we make hot salep

1 small cup of water or milk simmer with 2 cloves, cinnamon, a pinch of ginger powder, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salepi

sources wikipedia and bachari.gr

The Greek winter street food delicacy

If you stroll in the Greek city centres during winter time, look for the chestnut man, roasting chestnuts on the charcoal.  It is a beautiful and nostalgic image, very familiar to Greeks that will definitely bring inspiration for some great photographic captures.

The chestnut seller has a portable brazier with a heap of roasted chestnuts ready to sell in paper cornets.

The tasteful aromas of roasted chestnut will bring warmth in you heart and you body. Chestnuts are  with high nutritional value with a great taste which will satisfy your appetite.

You can also try them at home roasted, boiled or baked in the oven.  It is a great tasteful friend of good quality Greek wine of your preference.

 

Nostalgic Greek summer in black and white photos

Some of these photos are from the the Photographic Archive of the Benaki Museum:The Photographic Archive of Benaki Museum was founded in 1973.  The collection of the Photographic Archive constitutes of negatives and photographs of the 19th and 20th century. To find out more you can visit the website of Benaki Museum. I could not find any information of the rest as I got them through an image search on Google .