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September 02, 2011

Artoklasia, Blessed Greek Bread

The Artoklasia is a Greek church service in which five round breads are blessed by a priest. Once the priest breaks the bread it is cut and given to the people to eat. The bread is offered as a sign of devotion for special occasions and in Greece there are MANY!! Hariklia bought this bread for my mom and I at a festival we attended in Ano Mera, Mykonos. The festival celebrated 9 days after Mary was born and a breaking of a fast in order to honor her birth. There was bouzoukia singing and Greek dancing- it was so much fun to watch! It is very exciting to be a part of Greek culture and to learn more about the traditions that run deep within this country.

We enjoyed this bread for breakfast with butter and fig jam.

Thank you Hariklia :))

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