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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...

Greek May Day Customs and Traditions

The celebration of May Day has its roots in ancient times. The first day of May is considered a celebration of the arrival of Spring. According to tradition, the month of May was named after the Roman goddess Maia,...

Two Dead in Kalamata Due to Fireworks

The two young men aged 23 and 26 lost their lives after throwing a firecracker at a Public Power Corporation (PPC) wire, while still holding a cable connected to the firecracker. As a result, the two young Greeks were electrocuted. The tragic...

Holy Saturday – The Last Holy Week Day

Holy Saturday is the last day of Holy Week and Lent. On Saturday, the chief priests and Pharisees asked Pontius Pilate to secure Jesus Christ’s tomb for three days because they had suspicions that his disciples would try to...

Holy Friday Traditions Across Greece

In Good Friday, millions of Orthodox Christians commemorate the events leading up to Jesus Christ's crucifixion. For the Greek Orthodox Church, Good Friday is a day of mourning. The drama of Jesus Christ's death is followed with great devoutness. The icon...

Most Surreal Easter Celebrations Take Place in Chios

In Vrontados a village on the Greek island of Chios residents organize a yearly fake rocket war, between two churches, Agios Markos and Panagia Erithiani. TIME magazine journalist Olivier Laurent was impressed with the old Greek tradition, publishing an...

Greek-Australian Publishes Book After Struggling with Depression

Maria Katsonis is a 52-year-old Greek-Australian author who suffered from depression throughout a large part of her life. Her book entitled “The Good Greek Girl” is a memoir of her battle with depression and her experiences living in a...

Traditions and Ideas for Your Greek Christmas Holidays!

Christmas is here and New Year's day is approaching, so for those wondering how to make their festive dinners and gifts stand out, here are a few ideas that have been a part of Greek culture for years. During Christmas and...