There are several habits that over the years have turned into some sort of tradition which Greeks have incorporated in their daily lives. However, in our days, these “traditions” are starting to wear off for many reasons; technology, demanding working hours, globalization to name a few.
The afternoon siesta : The afternoon siesta between the “quiet hours” (2pm to 5pm) is one of the most enjoyable habits. However, the demanding working conditions have deprived people from it, turning it into a “luxury” that can be enjoyed only during the summer vacations.
The Sunday family table : The Sunday family table was an opportunity for the whole family – including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins to gather and dine for hours. One of the favorite times to enjoy this kind of dinners was during the summer, when the family could set the table outside and devour all the summer fruit and vegetables.
The name day visits: These kind of visits did not require an invitation. They were not a party and didn’t need any kind of organization. Anyone could pass by at anytime for as long as he/she wanted if it was someones name day, in order to greet the celebrator. Sometime these “surprise” visits could take up to hours, turning into big gatherings on several occasions.
The photo-albums: There is a high chance that 00’s kids are not very familiar with this “extinct species” as nowadays every photo that is taken, remains on the PC, mobile, digital camera, USB stick and social media with which it was shot, without ever being printed. However, in the past there was a whole procedure that needed to be followed, which made the whole experience very unique: the film had to finish, then it had to be developed and printed and then you had to organize every photo in the album with captions like “Family in Ikaria, August 1997.” The value of finding such photo albums is priceless, especially if they date back 20,30 or more years back.
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