STEP 1: You will need a packet or two of red egg dye. You could find great egg dyes made by companies like Krinos, Ariston or Fantis.
STEP 2: The red dye is enough for approximatelly 2 dozen large white eggs. Wash and dry the eggs thoroughly and examine them for any cracks.
STEP 3: Empty 1/2 packet of red dye into a teacup of just-boiled water. Stir until dye is completely dissolved.
STEP 4: Fill a medium size cooking pot 3/4 full of water and add about 4 oz. of distilled vinegar. Bring the vinegar water to a boil.
STEP 5: Add the dissolved dye to the boiling vinegar water. As the mixture reaches a full rolling boil, froth will develop on the surface skim this froth off before adding your eggs.
STEP 6: Put the desired number of eggs to be coloured into the dye mixture and boil as you would normally prepare hard-boiled eggs, usually about 5-10 minutes. You may use all 2 dozen eggs if you like.
STEP 7: Remove the eggs from the heat and let them stand in the dye for several more minutes before taking them out of the water.
Easter preparations begin on Holy Thursday when the traditional Easter bread, tsoureki is baked, and eggs are dyed red.
You can dye the eggs following the instructions above, or if you prefer a more natural colouring method, you can boil them in water containing pieces of red onion skin, beat juice, or tea.
From ancient times, the egg has been a symbol of the renewal of life, and the message of the red eggs is victory over death. The red colour, which is generally used for Easter eggs, is the colour of life as well as a representation of the blood of Christ.
During Easter Day the egg stands as symbol of the resurrection of Christ, and is universally used as means of Christian greeting.
The symbolic significance of the egg has its roots in the greatest antiquity.
Long before Christianity, all the cultured nations of antiquity held the egg to be the symbol of life in all their beliefs and customs.
The blessing of the eggs takes place after the morning Easter service.
The breaking of the Lenten fasting on Easter Sunday begins with eating the blessed eggs.
Recipe By Niki Stamatakos
The following story is written by Bernadette Scott.
We are incorporating it since it fits the Easter Season.
The life of Spyros Peter Goudas has been full of events.
The following reflects one event that happened in the year, 1964.
For any of you who have read his biography, titled The Immigrant, you would know that Spyros and his then girlfriend of 6 years, separated.
He never admitted whose fault it was or why it ended.
It did however send him into an emotional spiral and a deep depression.
His friends tried their best to pull him out of it in many different ways but were unable to.
Spyros, who was enlisted in the Air Force, was stationed at the Elefsina Air Base.
He never felt like leaving the Air Base, although on several occasions he had an Exit Permit.
He preferred fixing, maintaining and learning more about aircrafts instead.
The reason he did not want to go out is that he felt there was nothing out there for him any more.
Usually, when a relationship ends, the normal assumption is that the female suffers more.
Many people do not realize that at times, the man is actually in deep emotional distress, resulting in loss of appetite, lack of trust in everyone, no display of happiness, and overall seclusion from everything.
It is not something you can go to the doctor for. It is not a case of simply having a prescription pill assigned to remove the symptoms. Only time heals wounds such as these.
It must be noted that around this time, Spyros was one of the most handsome and athletic-looking young men in Greece. Many girls would have fallen at his feet.
After several unsuccessful attempts by his friends, and other army members to get him off the Base, he finally agreed.
It happened to be the Easter Weekend, a time of great festivity in Greece, where food and tradition mark the season.
There are customs related to the religious holiday of Easter which make it the biggest celebration of the year for The Orthodox Church.
The history of Greece dates back past the beginning of the Christian faith.
However, Greeks embraced the Christian faith and made it part of the Greek heritage.
For all Christian Orthodox countries like Cyprus, Finland, Romania and some parts of Albania, Russia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, etc. etc., Easter is the most festive.
It is a time for family and friends, food, feasting and celebration.
Needless to say, these religious festivities also apply to the traditional Catholic faith.
Throughout the country an abundance of customs and traditions are held during the week prior to Easter, referred to as Holy Week.
The preparations for the celebration of the Resurrection start on Holy Thursday.
Good Friday is the most sacred day of the Holy Week, the day of the culmination of the passion of Christ with the deposition from the cross and His burial.
Since it is considered a day of mourning, housewives do not do any household chores, not even cooking.
Everybody goes to Church to decorate the Epitaph (Bier of Christ) with flowers.
On the evening of Good Friday, the Epitaph procession takes place.
On Easter Saturday morning, preparations start for the festive dinner of the night of the Resurrection, and housewives cook magiritsa (a tripe and herbs soup).
Shortly before midnight, people gather in the church holding white candles which they light with the Holy Light distributed by the Priest.
When the latter chants Christ is Risen (Christ?s Anesti), people exchange wishes and the Kiss of Love. With the Holy Light of the candles they make a cross sign on the front door post of their houses for good luck.
They then all gather around the festively laid table, crack red eggs and feast on traditional foods.
On the morning of Easter Sunday, in many parts of the country a whole lamb is prepared on the spit.
There is a festive atmosphere everywhere and people eat, dance and celebrate usually until late into the night. All over Greece Holy Week and Easter are celebrated with both great splendour and deep devoutness.
It was on the occasion of Easter Sunday that Spryos Peter was invited to celebrate with his friends in an area approximately 130 kilometres northwest of Athens, in the village of Leivadia, one of the many areas of celebration in Greece.
It was the tradition that in the front yard of every house, the roasting of a lamb began as early as 4:00 a.m. Obviously, all of Greece was aware of this celebration, so everyone went to the village and sampled the lamb from each household accompanied with other delicacies such as taramosalata, tzatziki, various appetizers, and an assortment of vegetables. You did not have to pay anything.
In addition, no one accepted any payment either.
It simply was a pleasure for the householder to have someone stop in front of his house and sample his creation, with hopes he would be the one with the best tasting roasted lamb!
The group Spyros Peter was with included the organizer of the party, Spyros Delilambros, who had invited some of his friends, their girlfriends and other family members.
Everything was progressing well and happy with the occasion? stopping, tasting, joking, etc.
It was almost as if Spyros Peter had found himself all over again.
It was only at sun down, when everything was winding down as far as the food tasting celebration was concerned and the whole group, along with other groups, were heading into the Arena for the evening festivities.
However, on the way there a sudden veil of sadness engulfed him. He admitted to his friend, Spyros Delilambros, that he did not want to continue further and would prefer to return to the Airbase.
There were obviously other cars and buses returning to Athens and the surroundings with which he could obtain a ride.
When he told this to Spyros Delilambros, he tried to persuade him to continue on with the group. Spyros Peter declined due to the fact he was not in the mood.
Delilambros insisted he remain and emphasized that if he did not go on, neither would the group.
Therefore, Spyros Delilambros persuaded the whole group, and they all proceeded back to Athens.
The group ended up in a big taverna in the Plaka area under The Acropolis.
The place was filled with people, food and wine. Spyros Peter was even persuaded to play some music on his harmonica.
By this time, he had consumed quite a few glasses of wine and by the end of the night, everyone knew why he was in such a deep depression.
Quite a few girls openly told him that they were available to him.
However, with all that wine, he knew that he had to return to the Air Base.
Spyros Delilambros, who had done everything possible to uplift his spirits, assigned one the girls to make sure that he arrived back at his destination safely and she was to return to the taverna right away by taxi.
She was assigned the responsibility since most of the group had consumed their fair share of vino!) Being filled with wine, Spyros Peter was vaguely aware of the girl?s presence.
The next day he awoke to find 50 drachmas and a note in his wallet.
(He was deeply appreciative of this gesture).
He felt very guilty about the whole situation and the fact that he had caused Spyros Delilambros to take the whole group away from their scheduled Arena festivities.
However, this was a turning point in his life. He found himself back on track.
He will forever be grateful to Spyros Delilambros and the whole group for their kindness and understanding of his situation that day.
Many people may not have realized the fine line that Spyros was walking at that moment on the way to the Arena.
He could only describe it as a situation between life and death!
He remained friends with Spyros Delilambros all these years.And although they had not had the opportunity to see one another for over 40 years, they were reunited at the funeral of Spyros brother, Nikos Goudas, in Athens in 2005.
It was a bitter sweet reunion.
Of course the above story took place almost half-a-century ago and many people may question the significance of this narration.
As part of the team involved in producing the biography of Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, The Immigrant, I always grilled him further, asking more and more questions which resulted in responses prompting me to see an absolutely different aspect of the man behind the label: the human and emotional side.
Spyros Peter Goudas is a very complex man who has overcome many adversities to achieve what he has accomplished to this point.
Some may admire him, love him, hate him, envy him or say he is just plain lucky.
The fact remains, he was not born with that perpetual gold spoon in his mouth he has worked extremely hard to acquire and to maintain his accomplishments.
Maybe you may see a part of yourself in this little story and realize that when you feel that there is nowhere to go, or no one to turn to, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
There is always another Easter!!
What really prompted me to write this booklet is to show the value of true friendship and the miracles it may produce.
To Spyros Peter Goudas, Spyros Delilambro's friendship, kindness and understanding of his emotional situation at that time, will never, ever be forgotten.
This was one of the most significant turning points in Peters life.
Sincerely, Bernadette Scott
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