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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...

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...

Christopsomo: Bread Meets Fine Art at the Greek Christmas Table

Christopsomo, or “Christ’s bread,” has been an indispensable part of the Christmas Day table in every Greek household throughout the centuries. If you are ever fortunate enough to spend a Christmas in Greece, you will be certain to become enchanted...

Christmas and New Year’s Carols From All Over Greece

Greece is steeped in fascinating holiday traditions, with its Christmas carols, or kalanda, being some of the most heartwarming seasonal customs. Every year, Greeks anxiously await Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and January 5, the day before the Epiphany, when...

Tsarouchi, the Iconic Shoe of Brave Greek Warriors

The tsarouchi, the flat, hard-soled shoe with the famous large pompon at its end, is an iconic part of the Greek traditional costume, especially for the Greek soldiers known as evzones. The shoe also plays a large part in the...

The Whistled Language of Greece and How it Could be Lost Forever

Residents of the mountainous village of Antia on the idyllic island of Evia, Greece "speak" a unique whistling language called "Sfyria." The villagers of Antia use different whistled tones corresponding to a letter of the alphabet. By putting each whistled...

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...