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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...

Christmas and New Year’s Carols From All Over Greece

Although Greece is known internationally as a top summertime destination, the Mediterranean country is also quite festive during the winter. Greece is steeped in fascinating holiday traditions, with its Christmas carols, or kalanda, being some of the most heartwarming seasonal...

Greece’s Zakynthos Island Honors Patron Saint Dionysios

Hundreds of faithful flocked to the Metropolis of the Greek island of Zakynthos on Friday to mark the feast day of Saint Dionysios, the patron saint of the Ionian island. Later, they joined a procession as members of the Orthodox...

Christopsomo: Where Bread Meets Fine Art on 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...

Greek Christmas and New Year’s Customs from Asia Minor

Many people in Greece have roots from Asia Minor, and their refugee ancestors brought with them many unique Christmas traditions and customs. The festive season of Christmas and the New Year is an opportunity for many people, especially for the...

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...

Corruption in Sport Existed Even at the Olympics in Ancient Greece

Bribery, cheating, doping, and overall corruption have often tarnished the image of the Olympic Games in the past few decades.

The Comeback of Greek Festivals in the US

After a year spent social distancing, how wonderful it is to see that a number of Greek festivals are taking place once again in the US.

Greek Superstitions: Weird Things People in Greece Believe

There are so many quirky and even down right weird superstitions that Greeks believe. Let’s take a look at the weirdest Greek superstitions.

Ten Wacky Facts About Greece That Will Surprise You

There is much more to Greece than meets the (evil) eye! Here are 15 facts about Greece that you won't learn in school or in a guidebook!