Saturday, April 27, 2013

Σάββατο Του Λαζάρου: Lazarus Saturday, Time for Lazarakia

 Lazarus, come forth

Lazarus Saturday is the Saturday before Palm Sunday and comes at the end of the Great Lent. It is really a day of joy with the resurrection of Lazarus, who rises from the tomb at the command of Jesus Christ.

"Lazarus, come forth." And he that had been dead four days came forth immediately, bound hand and foot with the grave clothes, and Jesus said to those standing there, "Loose him, and let him go." This is the supernatural wonder wrought by the Saviour that we celebrate on this day.    Read more about Lazarus Saturday at Goarch (The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America)

We first came across the custom of making lazarakia (little Lazaruses) at daughter's pre-school in Greece, when the teachers got the children to make these as they taught them about the meaning of Easter.

Our Mother coming from Arcadia in the Peloponnese didn't make them, so it wasn't a custom we grew up with in our Global Greek community on the other side of the world.  However, since we discovered this tradition, we liked it and decided to keep it going.

Lazarakia - ready to go into the oven... 
the dough mixture reminded us of hot cross buns, 
so we made a few of these too...

 Lazarakia - just out of the oven, 
they grew a bit in the meantime.

 Lazarakia - ready to eat! 
Kai tou xronou!

We got the recipe from Maria Verivaki's Organically Cooked blog with a couple of changes which worked out very well... they were delicious!

We used whole wheat flour and added some nutmeg too - try them!

Και του χρόνου!

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