Long donkey – traditional children’s game

   Long donkey (μακριά γαϊδούρα) is an old game that young boys used to play when they were gathered together out on the streets. Although technology has taken much of children’s time, some kids still play in the schoolyards or in the parks their grandparents’ games. Nowadays girls also take part in this game How to play: Children divide into two groups (teams). One member of a team sings “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” in order to decide which team will “bend” and which one will “jump”. Then one member of the “bend” team will stand against a wall or if there is no wall they bend over and wrap their arms around a tree or something else. The other members of the “bend” team, one by one, bend over and wrap their arms each time around the last kid’s waist…forming a “long donkey”. Then, the members of the “jump” team, one by one, run and jump on the “long donkey’s” back. After a few jumps eventually the “long donkey” breaks. The winning team is the one that holds up the largest number of children.    Read more...

It’s Greek to me by Andrea Granahan (author)

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Laundry day in Vourvoura By Andrea Granahan
Andrea Granahan’ s book, It’s Greek to me, is a book just published about a young American family living in rural Greece, in the late 1960′ s. Author’s purpose in writing the book is that she wants modern and ex-pat Greeks to get a glimpse of the profound beauty and meaning of their own roots.  
Book Cover By Andrea Granahan

In 1967 a young American sculptor and his family booked passage on a freight ship and moved to Greece, long before there was a European Union or Euros and the drachma was still the currency. This is the story of the family’s pivotal years first in the mountain villages of the Peloponnesus and then on the island of Paros in the Cyclades. The rural Greeks embraced the family and the family embraced the Greeks’ simple way of life, with hilarious and harrowing moments along the way.  Life was so basic everyone knew how many jars they owned because each one had its use, and your food was local because there was only one boat delivery a week. The Greeks knew how to work hard and celebrate wholeheartedly. Not a wealthy super-country, Greece was rich not just in history but in daily enjoyment of life.

 Here are links to purchase the book:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015QJ8P4M

Tsoureki – The traditional Greek Easter Sweet Bread

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Tsoureki (τσουρέκι) is a rich sweet bread known as the traditional Greek Easter sweet bread. It is similar to French brioche but with the unique aroma of mahlepi and mastiha. This braided bread, usually with a red egg in the middle, decorates the tables and homes of those who celebrate Greek Easter all around the world. The traditional tsoureki is made of three braids, thus symbolizing the Holy Trinity. In the past years, Tsoureki breads and red eggs where taken to church, to be blessed by the priest of the village. People would eat it to break the 40 day Lenten fast
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It is also known as Labropsomo, or Labrokoulouro. The names vary according to the region of Greece they are made. The origins of this sweet bread are possibly Turkish, due to the 400 years of Ottoman domination. This kind of bread is called çörek in Turkish. Tsoureki breads are also made with chocolate, nuts, berries, cream or syrup and found everywhere in Greek bakeries throughout the year, but the traditional plain tsoureki is massively produced for Greek Easter. Delicious with various aromas, is the ideal breakfast on Easter Sunday.