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Happy new year with a pomegranate

In ancient Greece, pomegranates played a prominent part in the myth of Persephone, but were also symbols of fertility, plenty, and wealth. 

In modern Greece, the pomegranate has maintained its symbolism. Custom demands that the new year begin with the breaking of a pomegranate, so that one’s home may be as full of goods as the fruit is full of seeds.

That is why my post today is of a pomegranate, with my best wishes for a new year full of happiness, health, prosperity and peace. 

Happy new year everyone!

ancient-greek-pomegranate

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Note: The terracotta pomegranate above dates from 735-720 BCE, i.e. what we call the Geometric Period of Greek art. Today it is in the Museum of Eleusis.

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