Friday, April 29, 2011
Another Easter custom is to dye eggs red on Good Thursday and crack them on Easter. The color symbolizes Christ's blood. The person whose egg is the last one standing uncracked on the table is supposed to be lucky.
Do you notice anything unusual on the picture?
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Remember the holy light?
It is a rather new custom to decorate the candles of the children (and children at heart) using toys or flowers.
The most amazing candles I have ever seen are for sure these two! Made especially for the two lucky girls by their (and our) good friend (more info and creations here).
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
As every year the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem will receive the holy light inside the holy tomb in Jerusalem, as a divine gift towards the faithful. The light will travel to Greece by airplane in time for the Resurrection Mass tonight.
The trick is to return home with your candle (λαμπάδα - lampada) still burning! There, the head of the household will mark the threshold creating a cross with the smoke from the candle.
Friday, April 22, 2011
After the crussifixion mass, in the middle of the night, women in Zaganiari, and all the Orthodox parishes, decorate the epitaphios (the holy tomb) with flowers. Tomorrow it will host the body of the Lord.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Another member of the avian population of Munich. Spotted over Isar.
I was very fascinated that gulls flew over the bridge, impressively close to pedestrians that crossed it.
By the way, the word "avian" sounds great, doesn't it?
Saturday, April 16, 2011
It is this time of the year again, when we celebrate the rebirth of nature. This has been celebrated during the centuries under many names. In the 21st century, we call that in Greece Πάσχα, which I've been told that it means crossing in Hebrew. That is crossing from death to life.
I do know that greek celebrations of Πάσχα are famous, since they involve good weather, lamb barbecue, and of course dancing! I promise to upload relevant pictures in the following days, faithful to the stereotypes.
I start with the rebirth of the wild nature in Peloponnese, Easter 2006.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
One of the things an experimentalist physicist knows very well, is that in order for a result to be robust the outcome should be the same no matter how many times he/she repeats the experiment. This is the reason why I was eager to repeat the tsoureki-making experiment. You can see the results of the first experiment along with the experimental procedure (a.k.a. recipe) here.
Oh yeah! This is one definitely became one of my "specialties".
p.s. If you think that they look a bit large you are right. Lesson learned: 1 big tsoureki = 4 small tsourekakia
Talk about creativity... the bavarians have created a special bier to drink during lent. The alcohol content is slightly higher than the normal bier, but the nutrition content is a lot higher to keep them satisfied while consuming less food. I have been told that 1 litre of bier is equivalent to 12 loaves of bread! Don't know if it's true or not. Anyway, they do have special permission from the Pope to drink this bier during this holy time.
Starkbiefest (=strong beer festival) is the secret beer festival in Bavaria since hardly any tourists know about it, in contrast to the extremely famous Oktoberfest. Notice the traditional dresses the women are wearing. This picture is from last year at Paulaner's feast, which I think is the most famous one in Munich.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Those who know, say that the German part of the Alps is the least beautiful. I don't have an opinion on the other parts of the mountains, but I really enjoyed the hiking last June. And I found many things around me that made me (and the fellow photographers :) ) use my camera.
I one of the billion pictures we took that day, was this beautiful waterfall.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Imagine you lived somewhere where you could walk to work and the path looked something like this.
Welcome to Garching bei Muenchen!
Caution: Do not attempt this during the winter. Keine Winterdienst.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Yesterday the temperature at this hour was 22oC, today 9oC. How can the temperature drop 13 degrees so easily? O_o
Anyway, this picture is from last year when I had just bought my camera and I was wondering around in Garching admiring the nature. More pictures to follow!
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
last night wasn't a very good night for us.
After a very bad round in poker, we found ourselves loosing quite a lot. The only thing we had left to bet was our blog. Murphy's law triumphs once more and we lost our blog just like that.
You will not hear anymore from us. It was a great ride. Farewell.