It seems really strange to say HAPPY NEW YEAR today, but i’m not joking! It is actually the beginning of a New Year in the Orthodox Church.
According to this Antiochian website, the 1st of September marks the day when Jesus of Nazareth began preaching the good news of His mission. You can learn more about Orthodox religion and calendar dates on these websites:
GOARCH suggests that to the present day, the Church has always celebrated the beginning of the New Year on September 1st and that it was the custom in Constantinople until its fall in 1453.
So, if today is New Years Day… what do we celebrate on the 1st of January?
At the beginning of every Calendar year the Greeks in Greece celebrate the new year with fireworks, fun and food just like we do here in Australia. However the celebration I am writing about today is specific to Orthodox Faith and the Calendar of the Church. On the 1st of January, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Basil on this day. Like many Greek Traditions, we celebrate this Feast Day with food. The special dish made for Saint Basil is Vasilopita and you can find the recipe here.
A personal lesson learnt:
I might sound silly when I say this but when I heard that it was New Years Day, I automatically thought about cooking Vasilopita. I always associate the new year with this cake. However, we do not make Vasilopita on the 1st of September because the Vasilopita Bread or Cake doesn’t actually have anything to do with being a new year. Thinking about it out loud now… perhaps I should change all my recipe titles for Vasilopita. Because I call it the “New Years Day Bread” and this is technically the wrong title.
Greek sayings are known to be witty and humorous, sometimes a bit naughty but always very, very true!
They are used to traditionally describe every aspect of our lives, from birth to death and they extract valuable lessons learned by the Greeks since, oh well… forever!
Wedding-Related Greek Sayings
Here are 5 Greek sayings about weddings and married life:
Greek: “Το λέω στη νύφη για να το ακούσει η πεθερά”
Greeklish: To leo sti nifi gia na to akousi i pethera
English: I am telling the bride for the mother in law to hear
Picture this: You are in the kitchen, in your mom’s house and you are drinking coffee and eating cookies with your mom and mother in law. Your mother in law makes a mess and all the cookie crumbs fall on to the floor.
What would your mom do? Speaking as a true Greek she would probably yell at YOU for making a mess on the floor with all the cookie crumbs. Yes, yes, you! She couldn’t possibly yell at your mother in law, could she? But by giving you the blame, your mother in law will hear this and be more careful without directly being offended. Smart. Continue reading →
Eleni and Ross married on 29 June 2013 at Saint Stephens Catholic Church and also at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Brisbane, Australia
Eleni (the gorgeous bride in this photo) is a primary school friend of mine. We go way back to grade three together and I vividly remember how envious I was of Eleni and her sticker book. She had the best stickers any eight year old girl could ever imagine. Detailed and perfectly organised pages and pages of stickers. The kind that no one else had. The kind that every girl wanted. Twenty-something years on, Eleni is still a lover of beautiful things and she has an amazing attention to detail.
Eleni and her handsome hubby Ross had two ceremonies on their wedding day. Eleni is Greek Orthodox and Ross is Italian Catholic. Rather than choosing one religion, the beautiful couple decided to get married in two different Churches. I was very excited to learn more about their unique wedding story, so I asked Eleni for an interview. Here is what she said:
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GEMISTA STUFFED TOMATOES
This month we are making Gemista which is also known as stuffed tomatoes. You can use this recipe to make stuffed eggplant, stuffed zucchini or stuffed any kind of vegetable you like.
What I love about this dish is that it is that Gemista can be stuffed with your favourite meats or adapted to be a tasty vegetarian or vegan meal. It can also be cooked completely gluten free and is sometimes considered paleo.
The Gemista recipe I have chosen for this month is written by Panos from the blog Cook Me Greek. Panos cooks with his mother in their family taverna in Greece and writes about his family recipes and cooking tips.
Evan and Raquel married on the Greek Island of Crete.
This Aussie couple were married on the Greek Islands. They have some beautiful wedding photos and heaps of advice about planning a destination wedding. I asked Evan & Raquel if I could share their Wedding Story here on the blog. They told me how they avoided all the fuss of a BFGW (big fat Greek wedding) and enjoyed the Greek Islands…. read on to find out how they did it!