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What's with the Plate Smashing?
Simply put, the Greek tradition of throwing plates to the floor at the end of the meal is a symbol of celebration. It has been said that it all began when a rich family invited a poorer family over for dinner, and in an effort to demonstrate the idea that friendship is more important than money, the guests were encouraged to break their plates at the end of the meal.
While this tradition is widely known, it is actually illegal in Greece's restaurants now, which isn't all that surprising--flying shards of crockery were bound to cause a problem at some point.
Can't picture it? Curl up on the couch with a cinematic taste of Greek culture by watching Zorba the Greek.