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Pomegranate: The Ancient Greek Symbol of Life, Good Fortune for the New Year

Smashing a pomegranate on New Year’s Day is an Ancient Greek custom that continues to this day as the red colored nutritious fruit is considered a symbol of life and good fortune. Ancient Greeks believed that the pomegranate’s ruby-like arils,...

The Fortune-Telling and Fire-Jumping Customs of Klidonas [pics]

One of the most interesting customs of Greece is that of Klidonas, a tradition with ancient roots, that takes place on the feast day of Agios Ioannis (Saint John) on June 24. The feast includes jumping over fires, while...

The Ancient Greek Τradition of March

According to the spring tradition of "Marti" or "Martia," adults and children wear a small bracelet made of red and white thread from March 1st till the 31st. The tradition dates back to ancient Greece and is held throughout the...

Greek-Australian Businessman Admits to Falsifying Customs Documents

Greek-Australian businessman John Poulakis, from Coburg, Victoria admitted to falsifying customs documents in order to pay less duty. The 57-year-old man who owns the high-end Melbourne-based men's clothing store Harrolds had been importing suits from Europe, undervaluing their original prices...

Swedish Customs Hires Greek Company for System Upgrade

Greek company Intrasoft International has been selected by the Swedish Customs as a key part of its wider technology upgrade programme, marking this project as the latest success for the ESKORT solution.  The ESKORT Compliance Solution is an integrated suite...

Simplification of Customs Procedures for Inward Processing to Boost Exports

General Secretary of Public Revenue Aikaterini Savvaidou plans simplification of customs procedures regarding inward processing as part of an effort to boost exports. Specifically, the general secretary is preparing a policy framework that will facilitate the following: 1. Transfer of goods placed...

Cypriot Customs Confiscates 500,000 Euros from Greek Businessman

Custom authorities in Cyprus confiscated half a million euros from a Greek businessman who attempted to fly the money back to Greece when Cypriot banks refused to let him deposit it. Reuters reports that the businessman had arrived in the...

The Carnival-like Custom of 'Ragoutsaria'

The "Ragoutsaria" celebration starts today in the city of Kastoria, northern Greece, and will continue through Thursday, January 8, seeing locals donning costumes and dancing in the streets. The Ragoutsaria is a centuries old custom and a revival of ancient...

Out of the Ordinary New Year's Eve Customs

New Year's Day may be the only holiday which is celebrated with pomp and circumstance across the globe. Each country has its own traditions for this day. Each region of Greece has unique traditions along with different beliefs and...