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Old and New Christmas Traditions in Greece

One of the most important celebrations in the Christian calendar is the annual commemoration of the birth of Christ. Each country has its own unique traditions and each region of Greece has a different history, along with different myths...

Town in Greece’s Mani Decorates Prickly Pear as Christmas Tree

The town of Areopolis in Greece's Mani region in the southern Peloponnese has decorated a huge prickly pear, called fragosykia in Greek, to make it its signature Christmas tree. The prickly pear is widespread in Mani. The plant thrives easily,...

Prince Albert and the Tradition of the Christmas Tree

Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria, almost single-handedly brought the tradition of the Christmas tree to the British Isles; from there it spread to the rest of the English-speaking world, as just one of his many innovations that...

”Karavaki,” The Tradition of Decorating Boats — Not Trees — at Christmas

The tradition of the ''Karavaki,'' which is Greek for ''small boat,'' is deeply rooted in the folkways of a country with a symbiotic relationship with the sea.

Christmas Tree in Athens Dedicated to the Unseen Heroes of the Greek Capital

The Municipality of Athens illuminated the Christmas tree in Syntagma Square on Monday evening which this year is dedicated to the heroes who have been on the frontlines for Athens this holiday season and every day of the year. The...

Vandals Torch Christmas Tree in Athens’ Exarchia for the Second Time in a Week

Unknown vandals burned for the second time in less than two days the Christmas tree of the central square of the notorious Exarchia district in Athens on Friday night. The new incident took place just a few hours after the...

Women of Zakynthos Create Giant Crocheted Christmas Tree (video)

A group of women on the Greek island of Zakynthos spent a great deal of their free time this past year painstakingly crocheting squares of a Christmas tree which was eventually pieced together just in time for the festive...

Vandals Torch Christmas Tree in Athens' Exarchia District (video)

Unknown assailants burned a Christmas tree in the central square of the notorious Exarchia district on Wednesday night, just a few hours after it had been placed there and decorated by the city of Athens' municipal workers. Eye witnesses said...

Countdown to Christmas Kicks Off in Athens with Tree Lighting Ceremony (video)

The festive season kicked off in Athens with the lighting tree ceremony in Syntagma Square in front of the Greek Parliament building on Tuesday. Kostas Bakoyannis, the mayor of Athens, gave the official signal for the illumination of the giant...

Fire-Ravaged Mati Lights Town Christmas Tree (video)

Local residents of the Greek seaside resort of Mati attended a ceremony to illuminate the official town Christmas tree on the evening of Dec. 9. During any other year the annual Christmas event may have taken place without much fanfare....