Lazarakia – Lazarus Saturday sweet spice breads

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Lazarakia (λαζαράκια), meaning little Lazarus,  are sweet, spicy small bread that are handmade on Lazarus Saturday, one week before the Greek Orthodox Easter.  They represent the miracle  of Jesus raising his friend Lazarus from the dead, after four days in the tomb. They are shaped like boys with crossed arms on their chest. Also their bodies seem to be wrapped in burial clothes. 

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Christopsomo – The Greek Christmas bread

christopsomo greek christmas bread

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Christopsomo (Χριστόψωμο), Christ’s bread is a very old Orthodox tradition. In most Greek Orthodox homes, the bread is made on the 24th of December with high quality ingredients and a lot of care. It is usually round in form with decorations on top. In the old times, people would fast until the morning church service on Christmas day and would eat this bread as their dinner just with olives and red wine.

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