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Why Greeks Break Plates: The History Behind the Custom

The sound of a plate smashing, shattering loudly as it meets the floor, is distinctive and tends to turn heads in a restaurant. Most of us, startled, think, Oh No! an unfortunate accident has occurred. But when plates shatter on...

Celebrate Your Name Day Like the Greeks

Birthdays are a big deal--milestones in life, but in Greece, names days "take the cake" so to speak on personal celebrations and ritual.

Joe Biden’s Win Sparks Wild Celebrations in NYC and Other American Cities

The announcement that Democrat Joe Biden has won the presidential election sparked spontaneous street celebrations around the country on Saturday. Within minutes of the race being called a cheering crowd descended on New York City's Times Square. The sounds of...

Greek Australians in Sydney Prepare to Celebrate Bicentennial of Greek War of Independence

The Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales recently established a committee tasked with planning the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the beginning of Greece's War of Independence in 1821. The committee is composed of prominent members of the...

Man Covers His Entire House With a Greek Flag Ahead of ''Oxi Day'' Celebrations

A massive Greek flag was fastened onto a rooftop, covering an entire house in Greece's Nea Kios, in the Peloponnesian Peninsula on Saturday. Ahead of the ''Oxi Day'' celebrations on Monday, October 28, Giannis Athanasopoulos, the deputy mayor of the...

Greece Celebrates 40 Years Since it Joined the European Family

The office of the European Commission in Athens organized a massive event in Athens' ''Zappeion Megaron'' on Saturday to celebrate Europe Day and the 40 years since Greece joined the European Economic Community (EEC), the predecessor of the European...

Thessaloniki Celebrates PAOK Winning the Greek Title After 34 Years

Thessaloniki's PAOK football team won their match against Levadiakos on Sunday evening, securing first place in Greece's Superleague. With a winning score of (5-0), PAOK became Greece's football champion for the first time in 34 years, sparking waves of enthusiasm...

Patras Opens 2019 Carnival Season Despite Heavy Rain

Despite heavy downpours, thousands of people attended the celebrations of the opening ceremony of the world-famous Patras Carnival on Saturday night. The third largest city in Greece has a rich history of celebrating the annual Carnival season going back to...

Refugees in Hellinikon Camp Celebrate Nowruz

Iranians, Afghans and Kurdish refugees living in the makeshift camp of Hellinikon, southern Athens, celebrated Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) 1396 (2017). The day, celebrated across cultures and national borders in western and central Asia, the Middle East and the...

Road Closures, Traffic Diverted in Athens for October 28 Celebrations

Roads will close and traffic will be diverted in Athens and Piraeus on October 28, to make way for the parades commemorating the national Oxi Day, Attica police said. In Athens, traffic will stop from 9 a.m. until the end...