“Good year, full of health and many successes.”
Το Ρóδι – Τα Ρóδια To Rodi – Ta Rodia
Do you know of this Greek New Year tradition?
Greek City Times wrote;
“Pomegranate is an ancient red fruit, which has been the symbol of fertility, prosperity and regeneration for thousands of years in Greece and in Greek mythology.
During Christmas time in Greece you see pomegranates everywhere as most Greek households hang this rich fruit above the main entrance door of their house- some people also get the fruit blessed at Church before doing so.
A little before the clock strikes twelve- marking the advent of the New Year- it is custom to turn off all lights and for family members to step outside their home, symbolising the old year that has passed.
The family members then step in again with their right foot first after midnight. The person who enters immediately after the first footer, holds the pomegranate in their right hand and forces it against the door to smash it open.
It is said that the number of seeds that scatter around is proportional to the amount of good luck the family will receive within the upcoming year. It is also believed that someone who gets a red spot on them by the fruit’s juice will be extremely lucky that year.
There are of course variations of this custom in different areas around Greece.”
I have a Rodi tree, but it hates the winds up here.
Every spring there are small “rodia” growing but they never got time to be ready, the winds makes them fall off. I have moved it now and hopefully this year I will have some luck too!!!
Glimpses from our walks;
Look at this “door” between the cypress trees,
what has been there? Now it is only brumles,
but was it a gate or …
We are in another storm, the winds in the night kept me awake! Calmer now this morning, but not really warm. We still have electrisity, and that is great. I have lots of wood for my woodfire, plenty of food, also for cats and Ira, and drinks, and lovely candles. So I am prepared! I will soon drive down to mom and help her to clean up outside; flower pots fallen and broken, and much more.
Up here mostly ok, like I said I am prepared!
“The Greek dream is to have your own taverna and have your friends coming to eat with you!” – I just heard a Greek jude say this on i24 News.
Talking of flowers, here are some of “my” flowers of 2019;
The beauty of nature is fantastic!
Have a lovely week!