Lazarakia is a spice bread made by Greek Orthodox Christians on Lazarus Saturday, the Saturday that begins Holy Week. It is eaten to celebrate the miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Lazarzakia is made in the shape of a man, who is supposed to be Lazarus, with cloves for eyes..
Lazarzakia contains several sweet spices and is Lenten, meaning there are no dairy products or eggs in it. For that reason, unlike Tsoureki, Lazarakia is not brushed with egg or butter to give it a gloss finish.
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