Pomegranate And Onion: A Greek New Year's Lucky Charms
- by XpatAthens
- Tuesday, 29 December 2020
The Pomegranate In Greek Mythology
This beautiful red fruit was a symbol of fertility and rebirth in ancient Greece. Many goddesses had it as their symbol: Hera, the goddess of marriage, Aphrodite (Venus) the goddess of beauty and Persephone, daughter of Demeter, who brought the spring while also being the Queen of the Underworld.
The Onion – A Greek New Year’s Lucky Charm!
From ancient times until now this onion-like, wild-growing plant has been a symbol of fertility and purification. Onions are viewed as highly fertile because the bulbs seem to want to sprout, even if they are being left alone. When it is out of the ground, kept in a shady corner of the house, it still grows leaves. Therefore, the onion is a symbol of fertility and is hung on a door in the household – to help the people grow and experience a rebirth of their own in the coming year.
We hope both the onion and pomegranate will bring you good luck for the new year.
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