The Greek custom of May Day is to decorate doors and balconies with flower wreaths made with wild or garden flowers that are handpicked and knitted together in various ways. The wreaths symbolise the power of Nature and protects homes from the enemies and in some parts of Greece they also hang a garlic for taking away the negative energy.
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.
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
It is that time of the year again. Greek godparents (νονός, νονά) visit their godchildren and bring them their Easter candles (lambades, λαμπάδες) which are lit on the midnight Holy Saturday service. They also bring presents or clothes and a chocolate Easter egg.