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Leap Year 2024: Greek Superstitions About Weddings

Many Greek couples will wait until 2025 to marry because this year is a leap year. If you believe in ancient superstitions, people should avoid getting married in 2024 because it is considered bad luck to tie the knot...

Relatives of Rail Tragedy Victims Mourn Their Dead at Tempe

A memorial service was held on Wednesday at the site of the rail tragedy in Tempe in Central Greece to honor the 57 individuals who lost their lives on February 28, 2023. Relatives and friends gathered to pay their respects,...

Workers in Greece Strike Demanding Answers for Tempe Rail Tragedy

Strikes across Greece mark the first anniversary of the nation's worst rail tragedy at Tempe as workers demand answers for the accident and punishment for those responsible. A year after the railway disaster, that claimed the lives of 57 people...

Germany Legalizes Recreational Cannabis Use

Germany's parliament has backed a new law permitting the recreational use of cannabis for over-18s in the country, who will be allowed to possess substantial amounts of the drug despite strict rules which will make it challenging to buy. On...

Beekeepers Rally in Athens to Save Greek Honey

Beekeepers rally in Athens on Thursday raising the alarm for the future of Greek honey which has long been considered the best in the world. They call on the Greek government to take steps to prevent imported honey from being...

Greek Farmers Take Their Protest to Athens

Thousands of Greek farmers have arrived, many driving their tractors, in Athens on Tuesday, as they escalate their protests during a time of rising production costs. Greek farmers' unions have been in negotiations with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' conservative government...

Christian Community Living in Primitive Conditions Discovered in Greece

Police recently arrested the father of a family living an “early Christian” community lifestyle in a basic hut on the Peloponnese in a case dubbed the "Amish" of Greece. The extended family was living in a semi-underground structure with a...

Russia’s Church Blasts Greece for Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Officials of the Orthodox Church in Russia have criticized the decision by Greece to legalize same-sex marriage and the Greek Orthodox Church for being ineffective in its opposition. Greece’s 300-member Parliament passed the bill in a roll call vote on Thursday...

Greece Bans Farmers Protest With Tractors in Athens

The government of Greece banned the protest by farmers who planned to descend to Athens on Tuesday driving their tractors. Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis has denied the request from farming unionists. He suggested that protesters use buses or private...

Europe, US Congratulate Greece on Same-Sex Marriage Law

Twenty-eight foreign embassies accredited to Greece have jointly issued a statement applauding the enactment of legislation on same-sex marriage. “We would like to welcome the adoption of marriage equality legislation and the recognition of same-sex families. Extending the fundamental right...

Greece Approves Same-Sex Marriage in Historic Vote

Greece has approved a bill on same-sex marriage on Thursday in a landmark reform promoted by the conservative government over the opposition of the country's powerful Orthodox Church. “The vote has passed: as of tonight, Greece is proud to become...

Farmers in Greece Vow to Continue Protests Despite Government Handouts

Farmers in Greece say that their demands have not been met and protests will continue after a meeting with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday. Speaking to public broadcaster ERT, one of the farmers’ representatives, Rizos Maroudas, said that the...

What Do Greeks Have Against Tuesday the 13th?

Like the Anglo-Saxons consider Friday the 13th a bad luck day, Greeks have branded Tuesday the 13th as a day you'd rather stay home and avoid everything that might cause an accident. The main reason Tuesday the 13th is not...

Angry Farmers Blockade Roads in Greece Demanding Compensation, Aid

Farmers in Greece have been blockading roads throughout the country in the last weeks demanding state assistance to combat rising production costs. Roadblocks have been set up on many roads and highways in Macedonia and Thessaly, while the main Athens-Thessaloniki...

The History and Tradition of Arranged Marriages in Greece

Matchmaking, the practice of putting two people together in marriage, has existed across many cultures of the world, Greece included.