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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Komboskini – The Orthodox Prayer Rope

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.

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