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Ancient Greek Traditions

Ancient Greek Jar From 2,300 Years Ago Holds Curse Against 55 People

Archaeologists believe that a 2,300-year-old jar from Ancient Greece containing chicken bones was likely used as part of a curse on 55 people.

The Ancient Greek Tradition of Birthday Cake

The global tradition of blowing out candles on a birthday cake might be rooted in an ancient Greek votive ritual to honor the goddess Artemis

Greeks Celebrate Spring with Ancient Tradition of Martis Bracelets

Spring is (almost) in the air in Greece, and Greeks will soon begin preparations to welcome the new season by celebrating an ancient annual custom. The Greek tradition of “Martis” entails that everyone, regardless of age, adorns themselves with...

'Martis' Bracelets Mark Arrival of Greek Spring

Greeks are preparing to welcome spring by celebrating an ancient annual custom with the tradition of Martis where both adults and children adorn themselves with red-and-white bracelets made of thread from March 1 to March 31. It must be threaded...

'Anastenaria' Fire-Walking Festival in Lagada,Thessaloniki From May 21-23

The town of Lagada near the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki will once again revive the old tradition of fire-walking, known locally as "Anastenaria," for three days on May 21-23. The festival will coincide with the religious feast of Constantine...

Greeks Welcome Spring with the Ancient Tradition of Martis

Greeks are preparing to welcome the spring by celebrating an ancient annual custom this March with the tradition of “Martis" where both adults and children adorn themselves with red and white brackets made of thread from March 1 to March...