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  • Tsarouchi and its evolution in Greek History

    As we watch the Evzones of the Greek presidential guard, we admire their imposing appearance. A very impressive element of their uniform is undoubtedly their unique footwear named tsarouhi, which may be termed even more simply as a shoe.  However It is interesting to see how this tsarouhi shoe evolved into being a part of …

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  • All about Mother of Pearl, its history and its qualities

    Mother-of-pearl is the hard internal layer of several kinds of shells which serve as the external protective shield of various mollusks. This material, also known as nacre, is made up by an organic-inorganic composition. It has a nature similar to that of porcelain, with an iridescent white or, off-white hue. It is simultaneously strong and …

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  • Lucky Charm Wooden 2021 Red

    The custom of the New Year’s lucky charm

    New Year’s day is a very special one, celebrated all over the world. As a result, various customs related to it have developed to this day. One such predominating, is the exchange of lucky charms between friends. Such a lucky charm, may represent the fulfillment of the very best expectations for the new year, regarding …

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  • Wooden pomegranate handmade round

    The pomegranate and its symbolisms

    Pomegranates originate from India, where they were known since prehistoric times. However, since  antiquity they spread further west to the Middle East, Greece and the rest of the Mediterranean regions. In many cultures, the pomegranate seeds are considered as the means of enhancing women’s fertility The ancient Greeks realized very early the special therapeutic value …

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    Evil Eye: Its Story Throughout History

    The most common amulet in the form that is used today in Greece and in the countries where it has been spread, is the eye known to all of us which, in the form of a circle divided into three colors. Its outer circular side is cobalt blue, with the intermediate equal concentric part of …

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  • The history of the decorated Christmas tree

    The decorated Christmas tree custom is credited by some to Saint Boniface. In approximately 750 he set of from the English kingdom of Wessex. He was commissioned to Christianize the Germans, and he achieved this to a certain extent. When he reached Friesland in north-western Germany, he had to face the pagan Frisians who were …

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  • The story of the Chili Pepper and its qualities

    Very similar to the evil eye, the good luck charm that is believed to protect its bearer from the envy and harmful intent of others, is the red chili pepper.

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  • Exhibition Buddha’s Life, Path to the Present

    We had the pleasure to visit the exhibition “ Buddha’s life, Path to the present” in De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. We admired the art of thousands years old combined with contemporary art by the controversial artists Ai Weiwei and Yoko Ono. Uncertainty surrounds the exact year of the birth of prince Siddharta Gautama, later …

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