Top Ten Fashion Tips – What to Wear to Church For Greek Easter


Greek fashion week, Greek Easter

This ecard has popped up in my Facebook news feed a few times this week. It made me stop and laugh because there is some truth in the joke…

This funny little quote has inspired me to write a blog post about fashion and what to wear to Church for Greek Easter. Please share your own fashion tip in the comments section at the end of this article or on our Facebook page.

Fashion Expectations

You get told about all the rules from a very young age. There are certain expectations for what you can and can not wear to Church. If Yiayia doesn’t like what you are wearing, then you might not be able to leave the house until you find something more appropriate! Boys get it a little easier. The boys just need to wear a suit, shirt and a tie and they can get away with almost anything. However us girls have a much harder task when it comes to deciding on our Church outfit.

Your Church Wardrobe

Deciding what to wear to Church can be a really hard decision to make. In my opinion, this is why Holy Week at Church is often labelled the Fashion Parade or Greek Fashion Week. We have to put so much thought in to out outfits to make sure that it is appropriate and respectful.

Women are expected to wear skirts and stockings. You can’t show too much skin and you need to cover your shoulders. You can’t look like you’re going out to a nightclub but at the same time you don’t want to look too corporate. You don’t want to wear something that you have already worn to another big event like a wedding or christening (because people will remember) and you can’t wear last years Church outfit either.

Black Dress

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God Doesn’t Care About Your Outfit:

Some people will probably think that I am being a bit superficial in this blog post. Surely your outfit will make no difference to God, right? The purpose of going to Church should be purely spiritual. It is about you and your own personal connection to your Faith. It has nothing to do with what you are wearing or how you look. Whilst I wholeheartedly believe in this truth, I also know that it is a very common conversation amongst Greek women around the world. Shopping for a new Church outfit at Easter time has become a tradition just like dyeing red eggs or making Easter Candles. What you wear to Church is an important topic to think about. My experience over the years have taught me a few lessons… here are my top ten tips for what to wear to Church for Greek Easter:

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Top ten tips for what to wear to Church for Greek Easter:

Tip 1. Wear Flat Shoes or Wedges!!

I love high heals! I wear them all day every day. However I can not wear them to Church. Standing still in one place for hours at a time is really painful for your feet and your back. Opt for flat shoes or wedges. Or if you must wear high heals with your outfit, make sure that they are not brand new. Wear them in and get some cushions for the balls of your feet.

Tip 2: Wear a Dress or a Skirt

This rule always gets me a bit angry. I believe that it is a bit old fashioned and sexist. However, I recently asked the Priest about the meaning behind this rule. The Priest told me to the part in the Holy Gospel that says ” women should not dress like men and men should not dress like women”. There are some Priest who understand that women can wear pants and still look like women. Slowly the trends are changing but out of respect for the oldies, it is probably best to wear a dress or a skirt.

Tip 3:  Take a Jacket, Cardi or Shawl

Church at Eater time will be late at night. Depending on where you are in the world it can get very cool at night. Take a jacket, cardi or shawl to keep you warm.

Tip 4: Watch Your Lipstick

There is nothing worse then kissing an Icon that is covered in lipstick marks. It is also highly disrespectful. Remember that you will be doing a lot of kissing at Church so be sure to wear a lipstick that does not rub off or nothing at all.

Tip 5: Remember To Take Coins and Money

Remember to take some money with you for the donation box. You might also like to buy an Easter candles from the Church or some of the food from the surrounding stalls. I haven’t seen it in my local Church, but when I was travelling in London at Easter time, there were people selling tsoureki out from the back of cars. It was a very interesting experience.

Tip 6: Buy Your Easter Candle Early

Many Godparents and parents with purchase Easter candles for their children as gifts. If you are looking for a special design then be sure to organise this well in advance before Easter. We started selling Easter candles on the Greek Wedding Shop from as early as 2 months before Easter. Many people will also create/design their own Easter candle. This year, I designed some candles for adults that are a little more ‘fashionable’. I call them ‘The Mavri Collection’. If you would like one of these candles for next year then please let me know.The Mavri Collection

Tip 7: Don’t Wear Anything Flammable

Without fail every year I see someone burn a hole in their clothes. During the Saturday night service at Anastaci everyone holds the light of Christ on their Easter candle. Hundreds of burning flames are all around you so make sure that you are not wearing anything highly flammable. If you have decided to wear you favourite Chanel suit then be very, very careful!

Tip 8: Wear Black on Friday and a Colour on Saturday

Holy Friday is the day of Christ’s passion, death and burial. It is symbolic to a funeral and it follows the darkness from Holy Thursday. For this reason, it is more appropriate to wear black or dark colours on the Friday night to Church, just as you would if you were attending a funeral. Holy Saturday is the day of Christ’s resurrection. It is a celebration and it is considered appropriate to wear a brighter colour. The colours purple and red are often related to Eater time for symbolic reasons.

Tip 9: Take Your English Translation of Holy Week Book

The Greek Orthodox Priests speak and chant in Greek, so I have no idea what they are saying throughout Holy Week. The Palmos Press English Translation Book offers a guide to each of the days throughout Holy day. It translates everything that is being said in to English and it tells you when to sit and stand. It is very helpful and I will definitely be taking mind to Church this year.

English Translation - Holy Week

Tip 10: Ipad and Kindle

I am yet to find an English Translation ebook available to download on Ipad or kindle. If you know of any, then please share the link with me! Hopefully the team at Palmos Press will make their Holy Week English Translation book available in a digital format one day soon. In the mean time, I will continue to use the hard copy verision as well as Vassilios Papavassiliou’s ebook: Meditations for Holy Week. Available online from Ancient Faith Publishing this ebook offers a great explanation and interpretation of Holy Week. I will be downloading this to my ipad (via the kindle ap) this year.

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Do you have any fashion tips for Greek Easter?

Please share your comments

Kali Anastaci

 

Greek Cooking Challenge Recipe 4: Red Eggs ~ For Greek Easter


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Greek Cooking Challenge

April 2014

Red Eggs ~ For Greek Easter

Naturally Dyed Red Eggs

This month we will be colouring Red Eggs in preparation for Greek Easter, Pascha (Πάσχα). It is Recipe Number 4 of the Greek Cooking Challenge.

Easter is always a very special family occasion. After Church on Saturday night we all go to yiaya’s house and eat. The table if full of amazing Greek food which includes some dishes that are traditionally cooked only at Easter time.

My Greek side of the family (my thea Sylvia) will make patza, which I think is similar to Magiritsa a soup made from meats such as goats head, tongue, liver and heart. Of course she also makes tsoureki, which is a traditional sweet Easter bread and domathes!

My husband’s yiaya is Cypriot and when we go to her house we will eat a different style of Easter food including Trahana soup, and avegolemeno for those who don’t like the trahana. There are also flaounas (1/2 with sultanas and 1/2 plain to suit everyone’s tastes).

At both houses, there will always be hard boiled eggs, which are dyed and decorated ready for the cracking game.

I would like to make tzoureki one day. Or maybe even patza or trakahana but too be honest, I don’t know if my cooking skills are good enough just yet. So this year, I think i’ll start off with an easy one…

So, for April’s Greek Cooking Challenge, we will be dying Red Easter Eggs!

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Remember to share your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #GreekCookingChallenge and #RedEasterEggs

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Step 1: Recipe
Andie Powers from the blog Assemble shares a recipe for dyeing Easter Eggs Naturally with Onion Skins. However, I plan to use the recipe that is on the back of the food dye packet that I purchased from the local Greek deli.

The instructions on the back of the packet say:

1. Boil the desired eggs and let them cool.
2. Add a glass of vinegar to a pot of cold or hot water
3. Dissolve the dye in the vinegar and water mixture
4. Put the eggs in to the pot and let them sit for 2-5 minutes
5. Take the coloured eggs out and place them on a napkin to dry
6. Use an oily cloth to polish the eggs and make them shiny

Step 2: Cook!
Red Easter Eggs have a symbolic meaning representing the blood of Christ and rebirth. Traditionally the red eggs are dyed on Holy Thursday which is the Thursday before Easter Sunday. In fact, this day is often called “Kokkinopempti” which means Red Thursday.

Try to schedule some time next Thursday to dye your Red Eggs!

Avoid cooking on Good Friday or Easter Sunday. However you can use Easter Saturday as a back up plan just in case you don’t get them done on the Thursday.

Step 3: Take A Photo and Share It
Once your Red Eggs are ready, take a photo of it! Be sure to share your photo on social media with the hash tags #greekcookingchallenge and #redeastereggs or #redeggs. You can share it on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Or email directly to me at Sia@greekweddingtraditions.com.

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This image is by Heather Christo – Click here to see her website and beautiful table decorations for Easter.

Step 4: Receive Your Gift
At the end of the month, the Greek Cooking Challenge subscribers will receive a pdf ebook of the Red Egg recipe enhanced with all your comments, secrets and notes, all gathered together and garnished with your photos. By the end of the year, you will have the perfect ebook of Greek food recipes, with home made pictures and secrets form within the kitchen of our subscribers. This gift will only be sent to you if you officially join the Greek Cooking Challenge – so if you haven’t already, you can still Sign Up Now!

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The Greek Cooking Challenge is all about Learning How To Be A Good Greek Cook.

Here on the blog, we can all help each other to learn how to be good Greek cooks together.

So don’t forget to share your thoughts throughout this month, your cooking experiences, tips and recipe secrets. Share the things that have gone wrong or perfectly right with your recipe, so we can all learn from each other!

Good Luck Everyone!

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Learn About Great Lent in the Greek Orthodox Church


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The Great 40 Days

The fasting period before Easter has just begun. The Greek Orthodox Church calls this period “Σαρακοστή” (Sarakosti) – the Great 40 Days or  “νηστεία” (nistia) the Great Fast. For Greek Orthodox people, this is the most important fasting season of the Church year.

For  many years, I have attended Church only for special occasions. This normally includes, the midnight Easter Service, Christmas morning, Weddings, Christenings and Funerals. Now that I am married, a little bit older and a little bit wiser, my spiritual journey has become more significant in my life. As I learn and grow, I share my experiences and my learnings here with you on the blog.

This Easter, I want to learn more about our Easter traditions and how we celebrate them with our family and in the Church.

Here is what I’ve learnt so far:

  • In Greece, the week before Great Lent is celebrated with Carnival - a time for celebration, eating, drinking and being with friends.
  • During Carnival (“Απόκριες” – apokries) people dress up (similar to Halloween in America) and they eat meat, lots and lots of meat.
  • Great Lent officially begins on Clean Monday or Ash Monday. In Greece, Clean Monday is a public holiday and a day of rest. Traditionally people ‘clean up’ their lives spiritually and physically. This day is the beginning of the fasting period.
  • On Clean Monday, Greek people will celebrate with the tradition of flying kites. Many also use this day to clean their kitchen utensils and their house. On this day, it is tradition to make lagana which is a bread specific made for the Great Fast.

A Personal Reflection

I don’t live in Greece. I was born and raised in Australia. So, the Greek traditions of Carnival and Clean Monday is very new to me. I have learnt about it because I now have friends who live in Greece and who help me with this blog.

It is interesting to reflect on this tradition from my own perspective. It makes sense. In Greece everyone knows about these traditions as it is celebrated nationally. In fact, everyone gets a holiday to celebrate. However in Australia, this tradition is only celebrated by the Church and there are many Greek Australians who are completely unaware of how fasting is a significant part of our spiritual and Greek way of life.

The more I learn about Greek traditions and our Orthodox religion, the more I understand about its importance in my life.

Why Do We Fast?

The GOARCH website shares a great story about how and why we fast. Theo Nicolakis suggests that sometimes we fast just because that is what we are told to do. It is what our parents do or what our grandparents tell us to do. He says that “we respect certain religious traditions and observe certain practices of our faith simply because our mothers did them.  This is not necessarily wrong, but it is a sure prescription for turning these traditions in to empty and meaningless customs.”

I guess that is the reason why most of my generation of young Greek Australians don’t go to Church or Fast during Great Lent. We don’t see the point in it. It doesn’t have meaning nor does it make sense in our everyday lives. In Greece, everybody follows the tradition but in Australia, we are not properly educated about why we do the things that we do.

Everybody has their own opinion about what is right and what is wrong. Some people say that your should not eat meat during Lent, others tell you not to eat dairy products. Some say that you should just give something up, like smoking. There are many guideline about what you should and should not do during Lent, but the decision must always be your own.

Theo Nikolakis tells us that “Fasting is a way of emptying ourselves from the cares and concerns of this world.” Fasting is not just about cutting out certain foods from our diet. True Fasting is about letting go of our obsessions and our materialist connection in this world. It is about your own personal journey and the things that you learn about yourself during the 40 days of Lent. It is about the mindful connection that you make with yourself, through your decisions and your actions. It is the act of true Fasting that will enable you to receive God.

Rules For Fasting:

Once you have decided to fast for Great Lent, you should then make a decision or a commitment to yourself about what you will do. Use this list a guide or suggestion – it is just one of those ‘should’ and ‘should not’ lists that I borrowed from this website.

First Week of Lent: 

  • Only two full meals are eaten during the first five days, on Wednesday and Friday after the Presanctified Liturgy.
  • Nothing is eaten from Monday morning until Wednesday evening, the longest time without food in the Church year.
  • For the Wednesday and Friday meals, as for all weekdays in Lent, meat and animal products, fish, dairy products, wine and oil are avoided.
  • On Saturday of the first week, the usual rule for Lenten Saturdays begins (see below).

Weekdays in the Second through Sixth Weeks: 

  • The strict fasting rule is kept every day: avoidance of meat, meat products, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil.

Saturdays and Sundays in the Second through Sixth Weeks:

  • Wine and oil are permitted; otherwise the strict fasting rule is kept.

Holy Week:

  • The Thursday evening meal is ideally the last meal taken until Pascha. At this meal, wine and oil are permitted.
  • The Fast of Great and Holy Friday is the strictest fast day of the year: even those who have not kept a strict Lenten fast are strongly urged not to eat on this day.
  • After St. Basil’s Liturgy on Holy Saturday, a little wine and fruit may be taken for sustenance.
  • The fast is sometimes broken on Saturday night after Resurrection Matins, or, at the latest, after the Divine Liturgy on Pascha.

Wine and oil are permitted on several feast days if they fall on a weekday during Lent. Consult your parish calendar. On Annunciation and Palm Sunday, fish is also permitted.

If you are looking for some good recipes to cook while fasting then check out Pres Vassi’s Lentern Recipe List or The Greek Vegan and The Greek Vegetarian.


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Greek Cooking Challenge Recipe 3: Lagana Bread ~ For Lent


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Greek Cooking Challenge

March 2014

Lagana Bread ~ For Lent

Lagana (λαγάνα) is a bread traditionally made on Clean Monday and eaten during the fasting period of Great Lent.

To be completely honest, I have never tried Lagana. I don’t know what it should taste like and I have never seen anyone bake it before. Although no one in my family has ever made Lagana, it is actually a traditional recipe in Greece. Many people make this special bread on Clean Monday which is the first day of the fasting period. I know that I have posted this recipe a few days after Clean Monday, however I would still like to bake it anyway. If we practice baking Lagana this year, then we will be prepared and ready for next year to make it again. Like I have said before, it is better to make your dish a little late, rather than not make it at all. The purpose of the Greek Cooking Challenge is to learn How to Be A Good Greek Cook and I need all the practice that I can get!

If you haven’t already signed up to the Greek Cooking Challenge then

HERE IS THE LINK TO JOIN NOW

It’s not too late… don’t be shy… anybody can do it!

Step 1: Recipe

The recipe that I will use is from Kiki, from the blog called The Greek Vegan. Kiki reccomends this recipe for people who are afraid of baking bread but really would like to learn. She says that because lagana is a traditional flatbread there isn’t the pressure of waiting for a high risen loaf or the disappointment when that doesn’t happen. It is a really easy recipe to make and it’s great for first time bread bakers.

Lagana is also a great recipe to make with kids – they can get into the dough and have a play with it. If the couch is a bit overworked, it will be ok because it is a flab read and lagana dough is very forgiving. It can be heaps of  fun for the kids to add the fingerprints in the dough before baking as well as brushing on the apricot wash and sprinkling on the sesame seeds!

Lagana

Lagana ~ Greek Bread to Eat During Lent

Recipe By The Greek Vegan

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour / variations 1 cup AP/ 1 cup barley flour, 1 cup AP, 1 cup semolina
  • 1 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water (not too hot!)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (you can omit olive oil and add additional 1/4 cup of water to recipe)
  • (an additional up to 1/2 cup of flour for kneading)
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds (white or black or combination of both)

For bread wash (enough for 2 or 3 loaves)

  • 2 tbsp apricot jam or honey
  • 1/4 cup boiling water

Instructions

Combine yeast, sugar and water. Set aside for 10 minutes for the yeast to activate of proof. Small bubbles will form on the surface when the yeast is activated.  If no bubbles form after 10 minutes, your yeast may be too old. Do not use unless the yeast has proofed.

Combine flour and salt and add yeast/water once it has proofed.  Mix well until you have a sticky dough.  Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead for approximately 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and holds together in a ball.

Place ball of dough in a large bowl that has been very lightly greased with olive oil (or dusted with flour) and cover with clean dish towel or plastic wrap and leave in a warm spot in your kitchen to rise.  This should take about an hour to and hour and a half.  The dough will double in size. Gently poke your finger into the dough to test if its fully risen.  If the dough bounces back immediately, your dough needs more time to rise.  The dough should rise just halfway after you remove your finger.

In the bowl, knead the risen dough a few times to deflate it and then turn out onto your pan.  Gently stretch and pat your dough into a rectangle.  Use your fingertips to press small grooves in the dough.

Let lagana dough rest, covered, and rise for another half hour.

To make bread wash simply combine jam or honey with boiling water until diluted.

Lightly brush with apricot wash, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes until golden brown.  Remove from pan to cool.  Let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing.

Lagana by The Greek Vegan

Thank you to The Greek Vegan for sharing her recipe with us. You can follow The Greek Vegan on Facebook and on Twitter for more great recipes!

Step 2: Cook!

Our lives these days are so busy with lots of stuff to do, so just pick a day, any day you have free time, and cook away! As I mentioned earlier, the Lagana is usually prepared for Clean Monday but you can try this any time throughout the month of March for the Greek Cooking Challenge.

Step 3: Take A Photo and Share It

Now that your Lagana is ready, take a photo of it! You might like to snap a few shots during the cooking process. If you are using a secret ingredient in your recipe then take a photo of that too. Be sure to share your photo on social media with the hash tags #greekcookingchallenge and #lagana. You can share it on InstagramTwitter or Facebook.

Or if you prefer to keep your pictures private, then send an email directly to Sia@greekweddingtraditions.com.

Step 4: Receive Your Gift

At the end of the month, the Greek Cooking Challenge subscribers will receive a pdf ebook of the Lagana recipe enhanced with all your comments, secrets and notes, all gathered together and garnished with your new years bread photos. By the end of the year, you will have the perfect ebook of Greek food recipes, with home-made pictures and secrets form within the kitchen of our subscribers. This gift will only be sent to you if you officially join the Greek Cooking Challenge – so if you haven’t already, you can still Sign Up Now!

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The Greek Cooking Challenge is all about Learning How To Be A Good Greek Cook.

Here on the blog, we can all help each other to learn how to be good Greek cooks together.

So don’t forget to share your thoughts throughout this Lagana month, your cooking experiences, tips and recipe secrets. Share the things that have gone wrong or perfectly right with your recipe, so we can all learn from each other!

Good Luck Everyone!

~*~

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SiaSia Aristidou is the bride behind the Greek Weddings & Traditions blog. Fascinated by the rituals and traditions celebrated in Greek culture, Sia writes about love, marriage, family and tradition. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or by leaving a comment on the blog.  If you want to learn how to be a great Greek cook, then join Sia in the Greek Cooking Challenge.


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Yiayia’s Advice to Protect a New Mother from the Evil Eye


The Evil Eye - Kako Mati
When a new baby is born, it is said that the infant needs to spend the first 40 days indoors in order for it to grow up healthy.
The same goes for the new mummy…

Yiayia’s Advice:

According to my yiayia, new mothers must stay indoors for 40 days after child birth. It is said that when a woman faces the world right after she has given birth, all nature will envy her.

The mountains, the sun and the sea envy her for being able to perform the miracle of life. The physical world looks at the new mother with such owe, so she needs to protect herself from the forces of all the energy.

The Evil Eye:

The Greeks call this the “Evil Eye” (to kako mati). The evil eye is not always evil. The mountains, the sun and the sky do not intend any harm for the new mother or child, but all that envy and energy can be overwhelming for a person.

How to be Protected from the Evil Eye: 

  • The mother and child should stay in the house for the first 40 days of the child’s life. When they finally make their first walk outside, both the mother and the child should wear a blue eye – that is a little blue bead hidden under the clothes to protect them from the evil eye.
  • The Greeks also use a small talisman to warn off the evil eye. This is a little blue bead with a black dot inside of it, assembling an eye – the mati.
  • Some people will hang a blue bead or a mati with their cross or other religious icons.

Superstition vs. Religion:

It is important to note that this old tradition, encouraged by our yiayia’s is not formally recognised by the Greek Orthodox Church. You will find the mati in almost every Greek home and pinned to the back of new born children but it is important to know that this is an act of superstition and not a practice of the Greek Orthodox Religion. The Church encourages the pinning of an icon or a religious pillow to a child rather than the mati. I will write more about this in a future post.


Do You Wear a Mati to Protect You From the Evil Eye?

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Rice Throwing at Greek Weddings


I am sure many of you have seen “My Big Fat Greek Wedding“, and speaking like a true Greek, I can tell you that it’s aaaaaaaall true! The huge family, the loud voices, the eating, family intervening in the kids lives, all of it, true. There was one thing though, I didn’t see in the film, and it is a major tradition that takes place in every Greek Wedding…

Ioanna, Rhodes 2013

Rice Throwing during the dance of Isaiah

What does rice throwing really means?

The guests who are present at a Greek wedding ceremony throw rice at the newly married couple during the dance of the Isaiah in order for them to grow old together, grow common roots as the Greeks say. Rice is a symbol of fertility and prosperity, throwing rice at a couple is seen as one way to wish them a happy and blessed life together.

In Greece, up till today, rice throwing is an integral part of the wedding ceremony. From a touching moment when the bride and groom make their first steps as a couple together, it has become a rather funny moment everyone is waiting for… The moment people wait to “get back at the new couple”, to tease them and throw a rain of rice on their heads making everyone laugh!


Would you have rice throwing at your wedding?

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