Greek Worry Beads: Komboloi

You’ll likely see the Greeks mindlessly tossing these colorful strings of beads in their hands and you will definitely hear the cracking of the beads in local cafes. Komboloi, or worry beads, are a traditional remedy for stress, believed to cure whatever ailments you might have or simply create a distraction for your mind. Traditionally, the beads were rarely seen in the hands of women, but  today, the beads have evolved into a symbolic piece of Greek culture and are widely used among the population. In addition to being carried, the beads also turn up as home decorations, car accessories and make for a uniquely Greek souvenir for travelers.