Christmas

Hellenic American Union to Host Online Christmas Workshops for Children

The Hellenic American Union and the Museum of Greek Children’s Art are joining forces to hold two online hands-on creative workshops the weekend before Christmas. The two organizations are inviting primary school children to make Christmas tree decorations and cards...

Greece Announces Limited Reopening for Christmas

The Greek government announced on Friday a set of measures for the reopening of some businesses in the retail sector for Christmas sales. It also noted that churches may also reopen -- but only for Christmas and Epiphany Day. The...

Greek Canadian Artist Katherine Filippeos Brings Joy with New Christmas Song

Katherine Filippeos, a Greek-Canadian musician based in Athens, has released a beautiful new Christmas song called "King of Kings," perfect for bringing joy and reflection this holiday season. The heart-warming song provides a much-needed dose of peace and hope for...

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...

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Dazzles with New Christmas Decorations

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, an architectural marvel in Athens, has been beautifully decorated for the Christmas season, bringing some much-needed holiday cheer to a nation still under lockdown. The stunning decorations were revealed by Greek singer Fivos Delivorias...

EU Cautions Against Loosening Virus Restrictions; Doesn’t Ban Holiday Travel

The European Union's Executive Commission on Wednesday kept up the pressure on member states to maintain their strict coronavirus protocols before the Christmas season is upon us, with all its temptations to travel and engage in social activities. When many...

Greeks Advised to Cancel Plans for Christmas, New Year Celebrations

Doctors all across the nation of Greece are warning the public to avoid gathering in crowds ahead of the approaching holiday season. Christmas and New Years celebrations in Greece usually consist of large gatherings of friends and family for meals...

Rita Wilson Thanks Greece for Granting Tom Hanks Honorary Greek Citizenship

American actress and singer Rita Wilson thanked Greece on Friday for granting honorary citizenship to her husband Tom Hanks, earlier in December 2019. Wilson expressed her gratitude to the country of her ancestors in a post on Instagram, saying ''Thank...

"The Carols": The Story Behind the Most Celebrated Painting in Modern Greek Art

The beloved painting titled "The Kalanda," created in 1872 by the Greek master Nikiforos Lytras, is one of the most famous works in the history of modern Greek art. It is still admired today and is widely shared throughout...

The City of Florina: Northern Greece's Hidden Winter Fairyland

Florina is Greece's northwesternmost city, with a population of approximately 20,000 people who live in the town itself and 15,000 more in its outskirts. What makes Florina unique, however, is not just its remote and mountainous geographic position, but...