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The Vampire That Terrorized Mykonos

According to Greek folklore, there was a ferocious vampire, known as "Vrykolakas" in Greek, that terrorized the residents of the Greek island of Mykonos in the 18th century. The Greek vampire is an undead, fearsome creature that becomes more powerful...

Vampires in Greece: From Ancient Greek Creatures to the Vrykolakas

Vampires are some of the most famous creatures of the horror, and now romance, genres. The folklore of countless cultures around the world features some sort of vampire figure, and Greece's Vrykolakas is no different. The Greek vampire is an...

“Mitsaras”: The Last Self-Made Mykonos Bagpipe Maestro

Mykonos bagpipe maestro Dimitris Koukas, aka "Mitsaras" passed in May 2021, taking a lifetime of Mykonian musical memory with him. Dimitris Koukas, played the Mykonian bagpipe—the tsabouna, for eight decades of his life. As a youngster, he first expressed interest in...

Friday the 13th and Greek Superstitions

Although Greeks already feared Tuesday the 13th as a day marred by misfortune, the Anglo-Saxon culture that has heavily influenced the country through movies, television, and the internet in the past decades has brought Friday the 13th to the...

The Once-Sacred Greek Tradition of Siesta Time

Siesta time is a sacred tradition of the Greeks, spanning back many centuries. Although modern life has had an impact on the short nap (taken in the early afternoon often after the midday meal), in the less touristy parts of...

Greek Orthodox Celebrate Saint George’s Day on April 25

The annual celebration of Saint George on April 23rd is one of the most important feasts in the Orthodox calendar. Almost all Greek households have someone called Georgios or Georgia among close or distant relatives or friends. However, this year,...

Greeks Mark Solemn Holy Friday With Epitaphios Processions

Holy Friday, or Good Friday, is a profoundly mournful day in Greece which commemorates the Passion of Christ with the traditional Epitaphios processions. A nationwide affair, it recalls the moments leading up to and including the crucifixion of Jesus Christ,...

Tsoureki: The Traditional Sweet Bread of Greek Easter

Tsoureki (τσουρέκι in Greek) is the traditional sweet yeast bread Greeks make every year on Holy Thursday which is then consumed on Easter Sunday. Early in the morning on Holy Thursday throughout Greece, women start kneading the dough for the...

Modern Critics Rally Against “Inhumane” Greek Easter Lamb Feast

For Greeks, the annual roasted lamb, slowly turning on the spit on Easter Sunday, is not only a mouth-watering delicacy but also part of a centuries-old tradition written into the national psyche. The event brings together family and friends outdoors and...

Tsabouna: Mykonos Bagpipe in Danger of Becoming Lost Art

The Mykonos bagpipe called Tsabouna played in for centuries lost recently one of its musical maestros with the passing of Dimitri Koukas.