Author Archives: Elizabeth Moody

Symbolizing that Christ Has Risen Through Greek Easter Eggs

The informant shared a Greek Easter tradition of cracking red eggs with me, while her younger sister provided supporting information. The game starts with every member of a family receiving an egg, and then cracking it against someone else’s egg. Whoever’s egg remains un-cracked at the end of the game receives good luck for the… Continue Reading »

Coffee Grinds – Predict the Future?

The informant was telling me how Greeks used the dregs from coffee grinds to read the future: Informant: In some cultures they read tea leaves, but in some cultures they read coffee grinds. Me: huh Support: dregs from the coffee Informant: They took the dregs turned over a little cup and turned it three times,… Continue Reading »

Greek Easter Bread

The informant was sharing an important Greek Easter tradition within her family: *Names are reduced to initials Me: Can you tell me about the Easter bread you make? Informant: Tsoureki is a traditional Greek Easter bread that’s prepared during Greek Easter week. It’s usually braided and the red eggs go into it. It’s all we… Continue Reading »

4 Will Bring Death

The informant shares how the number four is a connotation for bad luck in Chinese culture. She shared this in a group environment, where another member of the group, ‘Support,’ provided additional information to what the Informant was sharing:   Informant: We also don’t like the number 4 Me: What’s the number 4? Informant: Like the… Continue Reading »

Goodluck Dumplings

My informant shared a piece of Chinese culture she practices with her family during the Chinese New Year: Informant: Ok so for Chinese New Year, we make…the tradition is to eat Dumplings…and then we will hide one coin in one of the dumplings and whoever eats that dumpling will have good luck. Context: I was talking… Continue Reading »