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Dormition of Virgin Mary: When Was the Greatest Summer Celebration Established?

On August 15 the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the Dormition of the Theotokos, a traditional and family-oriented feast of great significance. It is the greatest celebration established by the Greek Orthodox Church in honor of the Mother of Christ,...

Locals Revive Old Religious Tradition on Greek Island of Patmos

August 15 in almost here and Greeks are preparing for all the customs and traditions that will take place in celebration of Panagia, the Virgin Mary. On the Greek island of Patmos locals are preparing for the revival of...

The Most Peculiar Greek Vasilopita Recipe Contains Meat!

The New Year's cake -- commonly known as vasilopita -- recipe varies depending on the place of origin. It is not always sweet which may seem peculiar to certain Greeks, especially those who live in the capital or abroad. In...

Unique 'Vasilopita' Recipes from Across Greece

On New Year's Day or at midnight on New Year's Eve people across Greece cut the vasilopita, a traditional bread or cake containing a hidden coin which gives good luck to the receiver. Vasilopita is associated with Saint Basil's...

Vasilopita: The Roots of Greek New Year's Cake and How to Make it

Vasilopita is a traditional Greek dessert prepared across Greece for New Year's Day with the roots of the tradition stemming from the legend of Saint Basil. According to legend, St. Basil called on the citizens of Caesarea to raise a...

Where to Shop Greek Gifts for the Christmas Holidays

Christmas and New Year's days are holiday celebrations full of love. They are days meant to be spent with our family and friends, enjoying their company and exchanging gifts. In Greek tradition, the gift exchange occurs after midnight on New...

St. Fanourios Pie: Greece's Secret Recipe

Saint Fanourios Pie (Fanouropita) is a pie that is dedicated to Saint Fanourios and is traditionally made on August 27th, the day reserved for his honor. The attribute associated with St Fanourios in popular tradition is that he is the finder of...

Dormition of Theotokos: The 'Easter' of Summer

Greeks consider the Dormition of Theotokos on August 15 to be the "Easter" of summer and celebrate it with great splendor throughout the country. In Imathia, Central Macedonia, faithful from Greece and abroad visit the Panagia Sumela Monastery, a historic...