Let’s warm ourselves a little bit with this Greek drink with origins from Turkey, named salepi.
If you stroll in the Greek city centres during winter time, look for the chestnut man, roasting chestnuts on the charcoal. It is a beautiful and nostalgic image, very familiar to Greeks that will definitely bring inspiration for some great photographic captures.
The chestnut seller has a portable brazier with a heap of roasted chestnuts ready to sell in paper cornets.
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.