April 2009 Newsletter
 This Month 
Seasonal Article: Lenten Gifts and Treats Special Feature: Greek Easter/Pascha Traditions
What's New: New Gifts, Music, Books & More! Featured Destination: Kastellorizo
Saint Namedays in April April's Recipe: Gigantes Sto Fourno me Meli kai Anitbo
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April's Recipe: Gigantes Sto Fourno me Meli kai Anitbo

(Giant Beans Baked with
Honey and Dill)

A great recipe for lent!

Ingredients:


1 lb. dried lima or Greek giant beans, soaked according to package instructions
1/2 c. olive oil
2 medium-sized red onions, peeled and finely chopped
3 c. peeled, seeded, and chopped plum tomatoes
Attiki Honey in a jar 455g. (1lb.) 2 c. water
3 Tbs. honey
1 c. loosely packed chopped fresh dill
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
2 Tbs. tomato paste
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
 
Preparation:
In a large, heavy skillet, heat 2 Tbs. of the olive oil over medium heat and cook the onions, stirring frequently, until wilted and lightly caramelized (about 15 minutes).

Preheat oven to 375F. Rinse and drain the soaked beans and place in a large pot with enough water to cover them by 3 inches. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer partially covered for 30 minutes.

Place beans in a large baking pan with 3 Tbs. olive oil, the onions, tomatoes, water, and honey. Mix thoroughly. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the beans are tender and the sauce is thick. Add more water throughout baking, if necessary, to keep the beans from burning. fifteen minutes before removing from oven, add dill, vinegar, tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Serves 6-8.


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 Greek Easter Traditions

Vefa Alexiadou - Festive Cuisine CookbookEaster in Greece

In Greek culture, Easter is the time of rebirth; a time in which people congregate on a daily basis to celebrate with growing anticipation the resurrection of Christ. And being the most important festival on the Orthodox Church calendar, any cultural, ethnic, religious, or even culinary differences between the mainland and the Greek islands are forgotten.

The final week before Easter is a demanding time for the faithful. Each day, there is a church service lasting several hours, in which the Stations of the Cross are visited and the Gospels preached. At home, it is full stream ahead with spring-cleaning and preparing food for the coming festival. None of the important Easter specialties must be left out: candies, plaited bread rolls, fresh eggs, and drinks must be brought or carefully prepared. New clothes must be bought for the children.

On the Wednesday before Easter, the church candleholders are sprinkled not as they usually are with sand, but with flour. After the service, the women bake this into a loaf of bread and have it blessed in church. Maundy Thursday's preparations focus on dyeing the eggs and the evening mass is very taxing even for the most devout souls. All the Gospels are read in a service, which seems to go on forever.

Photo above: compliments of Vefa Alexiadou's
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During Thursday night, everyone goes into deep mourning. The church icons are covered with dark cloths and the might church bells fall silent until Easter Sunday. The Epitaphios, the symbolic representation of Christ's tomb, which has held pride of place in the church, is garlanded with flowers.

On Good Friday evening, it is ceremoniously carried through the village in a magnificent candlelit procession, followed by the priest and the entire congregation.

Finally, Easter Saturday arrives and everyone is occupied with last-minute food preparations as there will be no time left later in the evening. Everyone proceeds to church with their Easter candles and red-dyed hard-cooked eggs - red to symbolize the blood of Christ. Prayers and singing continue all through the evening vigil until midnight when the priest announces the words of deliverance: "Christ is risen." The bells right out, people embrace each other, exchange greetings, and band their red eggs together - whoever's egg lasts longest without cracking will have good luck the following year - before hurrying home for mayiritsa, fresh Easter soup, which is already steaming in anticipation. Lent is over for another year.

Read about Greek Easter traditions we've featured in past newsletters:
Greek Easter Bread Greek Easter Eggs Greek Easter Soup Greek Easter Rituals
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KastellorizoGEOGRAPHY.
Kastellorizo, guardian of Greece's easternmost borders, lies 72 nautical miles southeast of Rhodes, only 1.5 miles from the Turkish coast. It is barely 9 sq. km. in area, has 19 km. of coastline, a population of 222 and is 328 nautical miles from Piraeus. Boats from Piraeus are infrequent, once a week all year round. The island is linked once a week with Amorgos, Astypalaia, Nisyros, Telos, Symi and Rhodes. There is a local, twice weekly, connection with Rhodes. The island has a wonderful warm climate, the sea is delightful, life is quiet, just the place for a relaxing holiday.

HISTORY. In antiquity the island was known as Megiste and was first inhabited in prehistoric times. There are marked traces of the Mycenaean presence and it is to this era that the gold wreath of vine leaves in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens dates. Also of prehistoric date are the remnants of Cyclopean walls, tombs and stone axes. The Dorian settlers built fortified acropolis on the site of the present capital and at Palaikastro. Apart from a brief period of independence, its fortunes were tied to those of Rhodes, from the 4th century BC until Roman times. Its geographical position has played a decisive role in its history. Kastellorizo Island MapIt was the target of piratical raids in the Byzantine era and was taken by the Knights of the Order of St. John in 1306. It was subsequently captured by the Sultan of Egypt, the king of Naples and, in 1512, by the Turks. The succession of pillaging and disasters suffered by the island forced its inhabitants to seek their fortunes at sea and, indeed, by the time of the 1821 Struggle for Independence its merchant fleet played an important role. From 1830 onwards the island secured special privileges and until 1910 enjoyed particular prosperity. In 1920 it came under Italian rule and was only incorporated in the Greek state in 1948. During the Second World War it was more or less razed to the ground by bombs, to which the many destroyed houses bear witness.

KastellorizoSIGHTS-MONUMENTS. The main harbor and village is Kastellorizo where all its inhabitants live. Nothing now remains of its glorious past except a few remnants; the outer bailey of its castle with a few towers, built in the 14th century by the Knights of St. John, ruined mansions of the ship owners and captains, and a few churches: St. Constantine (The Metropolis), built in 1833, St. Nicholas (11th century), the Virgin of the Fields (17th century) and St. George with its catacombs. In the small Archaeological Museum both ancient artifacts and items of folk art are exhibited. At Palaiokastro tombs, tools and ruins of the ancient acropolis are preserved. There are also the monasteries of Prophet Elijah and the Holy Trinity. Another of the island's sights is the Blue Grotto, (Parastas' cave), the largest and loveliest sea cave in Greece, renowned internationally for its stunning stalactitic formations, lit by the sun's reflected rays, a unique and unforgettable spectacle. In days of old it was a haven for pirates and nowadays seals bask within it. The grotto can be visited by boat, as also the nearby islets of Ro (6 nautical miles west) and Strongyli (5 nautical miles southeast). Accommodation is available in the municipal hostel and some rented rooms. The shores in the vicinity of the harbor are ideal for swimming and so is the beach at Mandraki. There is a refueling station for yachts in the harbor.

  April 2009 Greek Orthodox Calendar Name Days in March ~ Greek Orthodox Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1
5th Wednesday of Lent

Mary of Egypt

Gerontios & Vasilides the Martyrs
 
2
5th Thursday of Lent

Titus the Wonderworker

Theodora the Virgin-martyr of Palestine
3
5th Friday of Lent

Nikitas the Confesor

Joseph the Hymnographer
4
5th Saturday of Lent: The Akathist Hymn

George the Righteous of Maleon

Righteous Plato the Studite
 
5
Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

Monk-Martyrs Claudius, Diodore, Victor, Victorin, and those with them

Theodora the Righteous of Thessaloniki
6
6th Monday of Lent

Eutychios, Patriarch of Constantinople

Methodius, Equal-to-the-Apostles & Enlightener of the Slavs
7
6th Tuesday of Lent

Kalliopios the Martyr, Roufinos the Deacon & Akylina the Martyr in Sinope

Righteous Father Savvas the New in Calymna
8
6th Wednesday of Lent

Agavos, Rouphos, Asynkritos, Phlegon, Herodion, & Hermes of the 70 Apostles

Rufus the Obedient of the Kiev Caves
 
9
6th Thursday of Lent

Eupsychios the Martyr

Vadim the Righteous of Persia
10
6th Friday of Lent

Terence & his Companions beheaded at Carthage

Gregory V, the Holy Martyr & Patriarch of Constantinople
11
Lazarus Saturday

Antipas, Bishop of Pergamon

Pharmuthios the Anchorite
12
Palm Sunday

Basil the Confessor, Bishop of Parios

Anthoussa the Righteous of Constantinople
13
Holy Monday

Martin the Confessor, Pope of Rome
14
Holy Tuesday

Aristarchos, Pudens, Trophimos the Apostles of the 70

Thomais the Martyr of Alexandria
15
Holy Wednesday

Crescens the Martyr

Leonidas, Bishop of Athens
16
Holy Thursday

Agape, Chionia, & Irene, the Holy Martyr
17
Holy Friday

Symeon the Holy Martyr & Bishop of Persia

Makarios, Bishop of Corinth
18
Holy Saturday

Holy Father John the Righteous, disciple of St. Gregory of Decapolis

Euthemios the Enlightener of Karelia
 
19
Great and Holy Pascha


Paphnoutios the Holy Martyr

George the Confessor
20
Renewal Monday

Theodore the Trichinas

Zacchaeus the Apostle of Caesaria
21
Renewal Tuesday

Ianouarios the Holy Martyr his Companions

Our Holy Father Maximian, Patriarch of Constantinople
22
Renewal Wednesday

Theodore the Sykeote

Nathaniel, Luke, & Clemente the Apostles
23
George the Great Martyr & Triumphant
24
Renewal Friday: Theotokos of the Lifegiving Font

Elizabeth the Wonderworker

Savvas the General of Rome
25
Renewal Saturday

Mark the Apostle & Evangelist

New Martyrs Emmanuel, Theodore, Gregory, Michael and the other Gregory at Macre of Alexandropoulos
 
26
Thomas Sunday

Basil the Holy Martyr Bishop of Amasea

Glaphyra the Righteous
27
2nd Monday after Pascha

Symeon the Holy Martyr

Eulogios the Innkeeper of Constantinople
28
2nd Tuesday after Pascha

The 9 Monk-martyrs of Cyzikos

Theocharus and Apostolus
29
2nd Wednesday after Pascha

Jason & Sosipater the Apostles of the 70 & their Companions

Holy Martyr Cercyra
30
James the Apostle & brother of St. John the Theologian

Argyra the New Martyr

Clement the Hymnographer
 
The Lenten Collection A Cookbook

The Lenten Collection A Cookbook


Icons depicting the celebrated Saint, make great gifts for namedays, as do our custom-made Greek name mugs. Shop among our great collection of gift ideas at our store. We also have a great selection of greeting cards for birthdays, holidays, namedays and special occasions.

Hand Painted Icons Greek Name Mug Cups Classic Design Birthday / Humorous Message Greeting Cards in Greek Box of 12 B112
Gold and Silver Icons, and Hand-painted Iconssconss
 
Greek Name Mug Cups Greeting Cards
 
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Complete biographies of Orthodox Saints are now available.
 

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