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Nine Greek Vasilopita Options for the New Year

It's always a great idea to welcome the New Year with delicious homemade vasilopita that can come in for sweet and savory recipes. All of them are equally delicious and belong to the Greek festive season. Bake them yourself...

Vasilopita Recipe: Greek New Year’s Cake

The story of the Greek Orthodox custom of the vasilopita with the lucky coin inside, begins in Asia Minor, and more specifically in the city of Caesarea in Cappadocia, more than 1,600 years ago. Here's a recipe for Vasilopita...

Unusual Greek Christmas Customs

The Christmas tree, the lights, the manger, the wrapped presents under the tree, the stockings next to the fireplace, the Christmas-themed movies on TV and Netflix have become Greek customs as well, just as they are in the United...

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

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...

Coffees You Must Try in Greece

Greeks consume 5.5 kilos of coffee annually per capita, putting the country into fifteenth position in a global list of top coffee drinkers. Probably one of the most important traits of modern Greek society, coffee is not just part...

Windmills of Mykonos: The History of a Landmark

In Mykonos, the wind blows all year-long. This is the reason why its windmills have become the island's iconic landmark.

The Once-Sacred Greek Tradition of Siesta Time

Siesta time is a sacred tradition of the Greeks, spanning back many centuries. Although modern life has had an impact on the short nap (taken in the early afternoon often after the midday meal), in the less touristy parts of...

Hilarious Ancient Greek Beliefs and Traditions

Greeks are known to be philosophers and innovators. However, there is another side to the Greeks: the side where traditional beliefs, many of which are rooted in ancient times, overtake all sense of reason. Funniest and weirdest Greek beliefs and...

Greek Coffee Rituals Remain at the Heart of Everyday Life

Greeks consume 5.5 kilos of coffee annually per capita, putting the country into 15th position in a global list of top coffee drinkers. Probably one of the most important traits of modern Greek society, coffee is not just part of...