The word “Gouri” has two meanings: good luck and good luck charm. These little objects and traditions simply represent the belief that luck and good things will happen. Gouria is the plural Greek version of the word.
What do the little charms mean?
- Evil Eye – The mati or evil eye is another popular symbol. Many Greeks believe that by wearing or displaying a mati, which comes in the form of blue eye charms or blue beads, bad intentions can be reflected away.
- Pomegranate – The pomegranate is a symbol of fertility and abundance. The custom of breaking pomegranates inside of a new home for good luck dates back to ancient Greece. Today, many people break a pomegranate to start the year off on a positive note
- Onion – The onion is the most resilient of roots, surviving in most weather conditions. As a result, it has come to represent vitality.
Coin – The circular coin is another symbolic piece of luck. One of the classic Greek traditions is baking a small coin inside of a vasilopita, a cake made and cut for the New Year. The person who receives the piece with the coin inside is said to have luck for the year.
- Boat – In Greece, a country with a rich maritime history and culture, the boat has come to symbolize many positive things in life including hope and good travels