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Leap Year 2024: Greek Superstitions About Weddings

Many Greek couples will wait until 2025 to marry because this year is a leap year. If you believe in ancient superstitions, people should avoid getting married in 2024 because it is considered bad luck to tie the knot...

25 Things that Make You Uniquely Greek

Several characteristics and nuances are uniquely Greek. Greeks indeed stand apart from other nationalities in many aspects of everyday life. To a foreigner, some of those may seem inconceivable, absurd even, but a Greek wouldn't feel Greek unless he abides...

Valentine’s Day: The Greek Roots of the Saint of Love

Was Saint Valentine Greek? Although much of the historical information on Valentine's life is somewhat obscure, a community of Catholics on Lesvos has told Greek Reporter there are strong clues that he was either Greek or of Greek origin. This...

Saint Yakinthos: Crete’s Valentine Equivalent

February 14th is the globally-celebrated day of Saint Valentine, internationally known as the day of lovers. Millions of stores around the world are lavishly decorated in red and vast quantities of roses, chocolates, and stuffed animals are sold and...

What Do Greeks Have Against Tuesday the 13th?

Like the Anglo-Saxons consider Friday the 13th a bad luck day, Greeks have branded Tuesday the 13th as a day you'd rather stay home and avoid everything that might cause an accident. The main reason Tuesday the 13th is not...

The Pomegranate: Greek Symbol of 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 fruit is considered a symbol of good fortune.

Podariko: Why Greeks Select Who Sets Foot First in the House on New Year

One of the oldest customs Greeks follow with the advent of the New Year is called “podariko”, from the root pod-, or foot, roughly meaning “good foot.”

Gambling on New Year’s Eve Is a Greek Tradition

Gambling on New Year’s Eve is a Greek tradition, as most Greeks play cards. According to folklore beliefs dating back to ancient times, the new year will not go well if one doesn't play cards on New Year’s Eve. If...

Eight Greek Homemade Remedies that Work Wonders

Greek grandmothers, or "yiayias," in their accumulated wisdom and vast experience, have been known to use homemade remedies for millennia.

Kalikantzaroi: The Greek Goblins that Run Wild at Christmas

From Christmas Day until the Feast of the Epiphany, on January 6, Greeks watch over their homes especially carefully, looking for moved items or stolen Christmas goodies. That's because, according to Greek folklore, a group of tiny goblins, called...