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.
Komboskini (Greek: κομποσχοίνι) is a prayer tool that is used by Orthodox Christians dating back to the 5th and 6th century. Usually, they are handmade in monasteries, by wool (symbolising the flock of Christ) or silk and they are made up of complex knots, beads and a cross (either handmade or metallic). These prayer ropes are used by many religious Orthodox people when they pray. You will find them in various sizes, but the bracelet style is the most common. The prayer ropes are blessed on the relics of specific Saints so people may wear more than one. The traditional colour is black but nowadays, coloured komboskinis have also become fashionable.
The low temperatures over the last weekend caused snow and frost throughout the country, even in the islands. Some parts of Greece, especially in the North have been completely blanketed in snow. Severe weather conditions placed refugees to risk in outdoors camps. Here are some stunning and some shocking photos of snow-covered Greece.
This is a list of our favourite traditional Greek Christmas, New Year and Epiphany Carols and songs. We wish all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Greek Christmas Carols
Greek mountain tea is also known as Sideritis, literally meaning someone who is made of steel. It is a flower plant and was traditionally used in herbal medicine. Nowadays, it is widely used in the winter as herbal tea.