As Easter approaches, we cannot help but think of the many traditions that come with this important holiday, from egg hunts to family gatherings.
Easter is a time for joy and celebration. One such tradition that is particularly meaningful to Greek Orthodox Christians is the baking and sharing of Koulourakia.
Koulourakia are traditional Greek Easter biscuits that are typically made in the shape of a twisted rope or circle. They are often flavoured with vanilla, orange zest, or sesame seeds, and are a beloved treat in Greek households during Easter time. But what is the significance of Koulourakia, and why are they so important to the Greek Orthodox community?
They have their roots in ancient Greek culture, where they were often used as offerings to the gods. As Christianity spread throughout Greece, these offerings became associated with the celebration of Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. They are baked in Greek households during Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter Sunday.
This week, our Year 9 students made these delicious biscuits, practising various skills such as measuring, creaming, beating, kneading, shaping and baking.
During Holy Week, it is customary for Greeks to visit the homes of loved ones and share Koulourakia with them, along with other traditional Easter foods. This act of sharing is seen as a way to spread joy and happiness, and to bring people closer together during this special time. It is hoped that the Year 9 students will emulate this custom by sharing their creations with family and friends.
The Design, Art and Technology department wishes you all a very Happy Easter. May this Easter season bring you happiness and peace, and may the coming days be filled with warmth, kindness, and love.