Tsiknopempti or ” Smoke Thursday” is the Thursday during Carnival with Ancient Greek origin, it takes place only in Greece and marks the beginning of the Greek Orthodox fasting period before Easter (lent). This day the observant Greek Orthodox...
The concept of the evil eye is widespread in Mediterranean countries, with it’s roots in Ancient Greece. The idea is that the gaze of someone who harbors feelings of envy or jealousy can bring misfortune upon the one who is seen, the one who “gets the evil eye”.
So the depiction of an eye is used as protection by those who believe in the evil eye. So most of the Greeks safeguard themselves again bad fortune by keeping some form of blue eye. They have it in their house, workplace or vehicle. They also put it on new born babies as children are believed to be common targets. The charms of a blue eye can be found everywhere in Greece. The majority of Greek origin women have a charm with a blue eye!!!
Check it next time you will visit Greece!