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Pomegranate: The Ancient Greek Symbol of Life, Good Fortune for the New Year

Smashing a pomegranate on New Year’s Day is an Ancient Greek custom that continues to this day as the red colored nutritious fruit is considered a symbol of life and good fortune. Ancient Greeks believed that the pomegranate’s ruby-like arils,...

Ancient Greek Good Luck Charms for the New Year

The word Γούρι (Gouri) means both "good luck" and "good luck charm" in Greek. Objects and practices which have been considered to attract good luck are part of ancient customs that have existed through the ages -- and are...

Pomegranate Oil: Greece's Golden Elixir the World Can't Get Enough Of

A Greek exporter of pomegranate oil says that he cannot make enough product to satisfy the current world demand for the oil of this fruit, which features in the mythology and traditions of several cultures. Stefanos Kassidis recently told the...

Why Greeks Smash a Pomegranate on New Year's Day

Breaking the pomegranate on New Year's Day is an Ancient Greek holiday tradition, with its origins in the Peloponnese or Serres, and later spreading over the entire nation. In Greek folklore, the pomegranate has served as a symbol of strength since...

New Year Traditions Across Greece

The warm festive atmosphere in the beautifully decorated Greek cities and villages is topped with customs and traditions that are revived in various regions across Greece. Smashing Pomegranate Families keep several traditions that are supposed to bring them luck for the...

Greek Superfoods: Good for You, Good for Greece

Two Greek clinical dieticians, Asteria Stamataki and Constantinos Xenos, wrote a book on Greek superfoods, not all widely known, but with miraculous qualities. The book entitled "Get to Know Greek Superfoods" is published by Dioptra and contains well-known but quite a few...

Hatzistefanis Cosmetics Queen

Maria Hatzistefanis, a 42-year-old Greek-born entrepreneur, who lives in London, has founded two skincare and cosmetics companies Rodial and Nip+Fab. Since she was a little girl, she had a passion for cosmetics watching her grandmother make them in her kitchen....