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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...

The Three Gifts of the Magi: The Most Precious Relics on Mount Athos

Among the innumerable treasures and holy relics preserved at the Holy Monastery of St. Paul on Mount Athos (in Greek Άγιον Όρος, meaning "Holy Mountain") the most precious, and invaluable to Greek Orthodoxy, are the Holy Gifts offered by...

President Pavlopoulos Sends Annual Christmas Message to Diaspora Greeks

Prokopios Pavlopoulos, the President of the Hellenic Republic, recently sent his official Christmas message to all the Greeks around the world who are not currently living in their homeland. President Pavlopoulos began his message by saying that he is very proud...

Uniquely Greek Christmas Customs

Christmas holiday customs have become globalized in the past few decades, with Santa Claus or the Christmas tree appearing in unusual places, and even in countries which are not Christian. The Christmas tree, the lights, the manger, the wrapped presents...

Town of Paramythia in Epirus Bakes Greece's Largest Melomakarono

The town of Paramythia in Greece's Epirus region prepared and baked the largest melomakarono in Greece and probably in the entire world this weekend. Melomakarono is one of Greece's most popular traditional Christmas treats. The massive melomakarono was baked in a...

The Greek Man Who Brings Light to The World's Most Beautiful Christmas Markets

Giannis Paleochorinos is a Greek businessman who has, over the course of decades, become the man whose business supplies the most spectacular Christmas markets of the world with their most valuable element: lights. Christmas is the time of the year...

Melomakarano vs Kourabies: The Titanic Battle of the Greek Christmas Sweets

In Greece, few words spell Christmas better than "kourabies" and "melomakarono", the two seasonal sweets that have most natives asking why they are not made all year round. The question whether one would choose one over the other is like...

''Karavaki,'' The Old Greek Tradition of Decorating Boats — Not Trees — at Christmas

Christmas is linked all around the world to the ancient tradition of decorating a Christmas tree with countless ornaments and beautiful lights. However, an old traditional custom in Greece's islands and coastal regions dictates that people should decorate a...

Unseasonably High Temperatures in Greece and Europe Make Christmastime Feel Like Easter

Warm air masses moving north from Africa are now bringing unseasonably high temperatures and sunny weather to Greece and most parts of Central and Eastern Europe. Central and southern parts of Greece have already been experiencing temperatures higher than 19 and...

Trikala's ''Mill of Elves'' Expects to Welcome More than a Million Visitors this Christmas

Greece, of course, is not especially well-known for its Christmas attractions, right? Well, that may have been true in the past. But this year, the city of Trikala intends to overturn this tradition, by attracting more than a million visitors both...