I've been working on some nautical Wedding favour ideas and came up with these wonderful burlap boats to hold sugared almond sweets or a small gift. They can be decorated with colours and charms to suit your special day. Also perfect for babies Baptisms. Greek Orthodox Baptism Favours. All available in Hippie Shop now.
TREE OF LIFE
Tree of Life Pendant Necklaces
Tree of life metal and wire necklace with beautiful coloured beads in a round mount with long suede cord. Stunning yet cute addition to your wardrobe assessories.
2 sizes available :
3" or 7.5cm
2.5" or 6cm
Festival, hippie, folk, fun jewellery, brightly coloured necklace that looks great with kaftans, your summer wardrobe and holiday clothes. But also has a deeper meaning for you to enjoy every time you wear it.
For more info please read on.
Tree of Life
Trees are significant in many of the world's mythologies and religions, and have been given deep and sacred meanings throughout the ages. Human beings, observing the growth and death of trees, and the annual death and revival of their foliage, have often seen them as powerful symbols of growth, death and rebirth.
1. Gain Knowledge and Deeper Awareness of Self and Others
The Tree of Life is associated with knowledge and wisdom. If you’re seeking a symbol to remind you and keep you focused on your quest for awareness, knowledge and wisdom, the Tree Of Life will do just that.
In the Book of Proverbs, the tree of life is associated with wisdom.
In Buddhism, the Bodhi tree or the tree of life is where Buddha attained enlightenment.
In Nordic cultures too, the Tree of Life represents a magical fount of knowledge.
2. Find Strength and Stability
The Tree of Life can help you find strength and stability. A simple Tree of Life necklace can keep you inspired and encouraged. The Tree of Life symbolizes immortality in many cultures and when you’re faced with sickness, disease, or even, death the Tree of Life can inspire fresh hope and fuel your strength to keep moving on with complete faith.
3. Strengthen Your Connection with God
When times are tough or when you’re simply seeking to strengthen you connection with God, the Tree of Life can help you experience that as well with it’s symbolism representing the love of God. In Eastern Christianity, the tree of life represents the Love of God while in the Baha’i faith, it signifies the manifestation of God.
4. Nurture Family Ties
The Tree of Life with its seeds, branches and roots signifies the family tree. Whether you wish to start a family or strengthen the one you have, the Tree of Life carries great significance for you.
In many faiths and religions, the Tree of Life is considered a symbol of fertility as well as all connections of the strong family bond.
5. Infuse Abundance and Prosperity into Your Life
Finally, if you seek greater abundance, wealth and prosperity, the Tree of Life with its fruit-bearing branches, it’s deep roots and its fertile seeds is an excellent piece of jewelry to wear.
In Judeo-Christian mythology, it is the Tree of Life that is the source of water for the earth.
In the Koran, it is the Tree whose roots bring forth riches of milk, honey and wine.
For the Latter Day Saint movement, the Tree of Life has fruit that is most precious and desirable above all other fruits. Source: Wikipedia
Regardless of what you desire or wish for, chances are that the Tree of Life will give you deep meaningfulness each time you wear it.
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Amazingly healthy. Tzatziki is a Greek dipping sauce served with grilled meats such as lamb and chicken. Although the spelling can be intimidating, it’s pronounced “tad-zee-ki.” Every Greek family has their own “secret” to making their tzatziki but here is the traditional tzatziki recipe!
Tzatziki Dip Ingredients:
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Happy Easter from Greece!
You might like to try this recipie, not just for Easter of course. As Easter is the biggest holiday of the year many people will be tucking into lamb this Sunday 1 May.
A traditional Greek favorite at holidays and celebrations, this roast leg of lamb with potatoes recipe is sure to please any crowd.
Wash meat and place in a pan.
Cut garlic into slivers, dust with salt and pepper and insert into incisions made in the lamb.
Peel potatoes and quarter them. Arrange around meat in roasting pan. Melt butter and pour over meat and potatoes.
Sprinkle with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add hot water.
Bake in a moderate oven for about 2 hours.
When lamb is done, remove to heated platter. If potatoes are not brown enough place under grill. Arrange around the roast.
Candles are an important part of the Greek Easter service that takes place on Holy Saturday. Just before midnight, the church gets quiet and all the lights are turned off. Suddenly, the parish explodes in candlelight, and the people sing the traditional song, Christos Anesti, or, “Christ has risen.” The candles are lit at the precise moment when Jesus rose from the dead.Sure, the churches do provide enough lambatha candles for everyone who attends the service. However, these candles are rather plain. The candles can be decorated any way you wish!
Young children enjoy having candles decorating with their favorite toys. Older children love holding candles with their favorite colors. Holding decorated candles is a great way to keep kids engaged with the church service. It’s not just children who enjoy these personalized Easter candles – adults like them too! It’s all about finding ways to express yourself and make the church service a little more interesting.
Check the burning time. No matter how your candle is decorated, you need to make sure it has a long burning time. Typically, the candle stays lit for the entire church service, which could last a few hours after the candles are lit, depending on the church. After that, it is the tradition to take the candles home while they are still lit and say a few prayers. In fact, many families take the candles home to say a few prayers, and then keep them lit until they burn out naturally.
Some candles are given as gifts in some families, it is a tradition for the Godparents to buy their Godchildren a decorated Easter candle. If this is the case, they may ask you what kind of decorations will be best. If you know that the Godparents aren’t going to give their Godchildren a decorated candle, other family members can give it to them, instead, This is considered a nice gesture but it isn’t necessarily a set tradition that all Godparents need to adhere to.
Bringing decorated Lambatha Candles to church on Holy Saturday is a custom that a lot of Greeks throughout the world follow.
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It's Friday Yeay! and Clean Monday is coming! The Greek tradition of kite flying and a taverna lunch with family and friends x But the real meaning of Clean Monday is below! #Clean Monday #Greece
Clean Monday (Greek: Καθαρά Δευτέρα), also known as Pure Monday, Ash Monday, Monday of Lent or Green Monday, is the first day of Great Lent in the Eastern Orthodox Christian, Saint Thomas Christians of India and Eastern Catholic churches. It is a movable feast that occurs at the beginning of the 7th week before Orthodox Easter Sunday.
The common term for this day, "Clean Monday", refers to the leaving behind of sinful attitudes and non-fasting foods. It is sometimes called "Ash Monday", by analogy with Ash Wednesday (the day when the Western Churches begin Lent). The term is often a misnomer, as only a small subset of Eastern Catholic Churches practice the Imposition of Ashes. The Maronite Catholic Church and The Mar Thoma Nasranis of India-Syro-Malabar Catholic Church are notable amongst the Eastern rite that employs the use of ashes on this day.
Liturgically, Clean Monday—and thus Lent itself—begins on the preceding (Sunday) night, at a special service called Forgiveness Vespers, which culminates with the Ceremony of Mutual Forgiveness, at which all present will bow down before one another and ask forgiveness. In this way, the faithful begin Lent with a clean conscience, with forgiveness, and with renewed Christian love. The entire first week of Great Lent is often referred to as "Clean Week", and it is customary to go to Confession during this week, and to clean the house thoroughly.
The theme of Clean Monday is set by the Old Testament reading appointed to be read at the Sixth Hour on this day (Isaiah 1:1-20), which says, in part:
Wash yourselves and ye shall be clean; put away the wicked ways from your souls before Mine eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do well. Seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, consider the fatherless, and plead for the widow. Come then, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: Though your sins be as scarlet, I will make them white as snow; and though they be red like crimson, I will make them white as wool (vv. 16–8).
Clean Monday is celebrated with outdoor excursions, the consumption of shellfish and other fasting food, a special kind of azyme bread, baked only on that day, named "lagana" (Greek: λαγάνα) and the widespread custom of flying kites. Eating meat, eggs and dairy products is traditionally forbidden to Orthodox Christians throughout Lent, with fish being eaten only on major feast days, but shellfish is permitted in European denominations. This has created the tradition of eating elaborate dishes based on seafood (shellfish, molluscs, fish roe etc.).
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Cape Sounion is a half hour drive from Hippie Fish and a mere 45 minutes from Athens center and is a major tourist attraction. As I mention in my Sea Glass page, its the southern most point of the Attica peninsula, the same historic peninsula where the Greek capital is located. The Cape is surrounded by the beautiful Saronic Gulf, and overlooks the expansive Aegean Sea stretching as far as the eye can see. Legend has it that Cape Sounion is where the king of Athens, Aegeus, jumped off of the cliff in despair, upon seeing a black sail on his son’s ship. His son, Theseus was returning from Crete where he set out to slay the half man-half bull Minotaur. They agreed that if he survived, he would fly a white sail but unfortunately he forgot to hoist it and upon seeing the black sail Aegeus jumped to his death, giving his name to the Aegean Sea.
The Cape is perhaps best known for the Temple of Poseidon perched on a gigantic cliff that juts into the middle of the sea. Dedicated to the god of the Sea, the Greeks, especially sailors, would pray and sacrifice at the temple to have a safe journey. The Temple was built in the age of Pericles around 440BC and is made from local white marble. Originally the temple consisted of 34 Doric columns, with 6 columns forming the porches on each end. The columns are 20 feet tall, more than 3 feet thick at the base, and more than 2.5 feet thick at their tops. Of the original 34 columns, 15 of them still stand in vivid contrast to the sparkling azure waters of the Aegean behind them.
Take a drive to Sounion along the winding coast road or Athenian Riviera and stop for lunch afterwards in a Taverna. My favourite is the fish taverna in Legrena. There are beaches along the riviera to stop and take a swim or spend the day relaxing. If you make a day of it SUNSET at the Temple is a must.
Fish Friendship Bracelets for 2016. Just for fun and to bring some colour into our lives I've made these! Visit the Hippie Shop for more designs!
Valentines Day is coming and I've made this giant Driftwood Heart using amazing pieces of driftwood & Annie Sloan paints for the wood mount. This heart was a labour of L O V E and will adorn the lucky new owner's wall beautifully!
Nautical, coastal, driftwood, home decor, boats, yachts, signs, evil eyes, mirrors, hearts, wall hangings. Beach comb finds of sea glass, sea urchins, shells. Beach wedding decor, wedding favors, baptism favours, beach ornaments, beach bags, beach gifts, pompoms, bag charms, tassels, straw bags, tote bags, natural straw bags, raffia bags, sisal bags and baskets.
We are an organic company. Hippie Fish helps us feed and care for the local stray cats and dogs, an ongoing problem. We are sourcing our materials locally in Greece to help the local economy. We will be creating new items every year to add to the organic growth of Hippie Fish.
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