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Tarpon Springs Celebrates Epiphany Amid Pandemic Restrictions

The Epiphany celebration marking the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River went on as usual in Tarpon Springs, Florida, despite the many restrictions limiting the number of people watching and taking part. Colten Sakadales, a 16-year-old who is a...

Archbishop Elpidophoros Issues Encyclical for Christmas 2020

Elpidophoros, the Archbishop of the Americas, has released an encyclical for Christmas 2020, during this most unusual of any holiday season most of us have ever experienced. Likening our many challenges, losses -- and even sometimes despair -- during this...

"Athos Digital Heritage" Makes Mount Athos Treasures Accessible to All

Mount Athos' religious and cultural treasures can now be accessed by people all over the world through the Athos Digital Heritage platform, after the finalization of the OTE Group project. The "Athonite Digital Ark" project took four years to complete...

Europe's Largest Christmas Nativity Scene Displayed in Thessaloniki

The largest Christmas nativity scene anywhere in Europe for 2020 is in Greece's second-largest city of Thessaloniki, in Central Macedonia. The impressive display, the creation of famous Greek artist Vasilis Michailides, is located inside the Cultural Center of a well-known hotel...

The Historical Origins of Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra

Although Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, is the figure that all nations with Christian traditions associate with Christmas, one major difference exists between the Greeks and the rest of the world regarding the identity of the man who brings...

Thessaloniki Celebrates Patron Saint Demetrios on His Feast Day

Hundreds of people began gathering early on Monday morning at Thessaloniki's fifth-century Church of Agios Demetrios, on the annual feast day of the patron saint of the city. This day also marks the liberation of the venerable Greek city by...

Erdogan Reopens Turkey’s Soumela Monastery After Restoration

  Soumela Monastery, the Greek Orthodox edifice built in 385 AD which was included on UNESCO's temporary list of World Heritage Sites in 2000, was reopened on Tuesday by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a videoconference ceremony. The Turkish President,...