Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Greek Festival and Evil Eye Beads


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On Sunday my hubby and I enjoyed attending the Greek Festival given twice a year by the congregation of a local Greek Orthodox Church. Delicious food as always. We had moussaka, spanakopita and dolmas.
I treated myself at the festival and bought a bracelet that looks a bit like this one. I found this photo on Flickr.
The beads are the traditional blue and white in concentric circles beads that are worn to ward off the "evil eye."
People in Turkey and Greece put protective bracelets on babies and young children, and hang beads on vehicles and homes too.
The beads remind me of the year I lived in Turkey. I have a necklace and earrings that I bought in Turkey and now a bracelet too.
Do you attend festivals sometimes?

30 comments:

Wanda said...

Your bracelet is beautiful. Such rich blues! You might have seen my new "football" bracelet I shared last week after Kaleb's football game.

We have street fairs, and farmers markets on Sunday's in a little town near us. Sometimes we visit those.

Also went to a Strawberry Festival and a Garlic Festival. They are fun, and lots of good food.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello:
What enormous fun this sounds to have been. We love anything, such as this Festival, where one gains an insight into another culture, particularly one which is different from one's own.

As for the moussaka, that sounds positively delicious which we are certain an authentically made Greek one would be.

rosaria williams said...

This is probably a great place for children to meet other cultures for the first tame, taste new foods, observe dance, music, activities and artifacts that are unlike anything they see regularly. Oh yes, traveling would be so much richer; but this is a great start.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

We try to go to as many festivals as possible. They are usually fun. Last one we attended was a hot pepper one. I can' say it was my favorite.

Barbara F. said...

There is a GO church here that has a wonderful festival for two weekends, this past one and the one before and I missed both times. It is really hard to park. But the food is always incredible and I would have bought the same dishes you did! xo

Chatty Crone said...

I have gone to the Greek festivals and have seen the evil eye. Very interesting - I enjoy them.

Blessed Serendipity said...

I have never seen beads like these before but now if I do I will know what they mean.

Danielle

Maple Lane said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. The bracelet sounds beautiful. My hairdresser is originally from Turkey and is so sweet to us.

Linda said...

Hi Terra,

Wow! We just went to our Greek Festival the end of August. It is at the Greek Church near us. We had gyros and I got an evil protector bracelet too. The food is always really good!! We eat Greek once a week. Have a good weekend! Hugs from me!
Linda

lemonverbenalady said...

I just said to another blogger I must be Irish. But really I must be Greek, because I have never met a Greek Festival I didn't love! Thanks for sharing your beautiful beads and your experiences, Terra. xxoo Nancy

my diary said...

nice post thanks for sharing...blessings

Amrita said...

Its nice to hav e exotic jewlry . In India there are lots of festivals to attend

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

We used to go a lot more when the kids were little...but they were fun! have a great weekend!!

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much Terra for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.
Your bracelet is very pretty.
I wonder what the evil eye is?
Blessings
Rebecca

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Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Evil eye beads are quite popular here, too, they are pinned on newborns, worn as necklaces or hung in the home or on rearview mirrors of cars for protection. A very good friend of mine is from Greece -- the boys and I went to visit her several years ago outside of Athens. Love the food! Must make some tzatziki soon. :) Best wishes, Tammy

Sweet Tea said...

I love going to Greek Festivals. I love the history and the people, and I am partly of Greek heritage so I find it all so interesting. Oh how I wish I had a BIG piece of Bahklava right now!!

Rebecca said...

Absolutely gorgeous bracelet, Terra! We missed the GF here in Oklahoma this year. Too much going on to make it! Maybe next year...it's ALWAYS wonderful!

Blessings...xoRebecca

BumbleVee said...

I don't and wish I could remember to look for info on when and where ....because if I find a Greek one...I'll be there! It seems I always hear about things after the fact...

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

I hope the bracelet keeps all evil away from you. Also please post photo of your bracelet too!

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Susie said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I do like to go to festival. Especially if I can find handmade items. I like your bracelet. I will visit again soon. Smiles, Susie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How beautiful! I go to Festivals as much as I can! And I wear mostly hand made jewelry! It's the BEST!

laurie said...

such a beautiful bracelet and a wonderful yummy event as well, thankyou so much for visiting me today,

Shug said...

Beautiful beads of blue! This is very interesting....We do love festivals of all kinds. As a matter of fact, our community is having it's annual "Pow Wow" festival in just a couple of weeks. can't wait!
blessings,
shug

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Simone said...

I've never been to a Greek festival but the bracelet is gorgeous and I would love to have it! A friend of mine got a beautiful handcrafted ring from a festival. I will have to look out for one coming up in the future.

Patricia said...

We also have a Greek Orthodox Church near our home that hosts an annual Festival. We go for the food...wonderful fried calamari and souvlaki. I love the rich diversity that such events make possible.

Lady Jane said...

I love street fairs and festivals. Your bracelet is lovely. LJ

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh I love going to festivals and it's always nice to have something special from them....handmade jewelry is my favorite! Hugs!