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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...

Celebrate Spring with Ancient Greek Tradition of Martis Bracelets

Spring is (almost) in the air in Greece, and Greeks will soon begin preparations to welcome the new season by celebrating an ancient annual custom. The Greek tradition of “Martis” entails that everyone, regardless of age, adorns themselves with...

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 1600 years ago. Here's a recipe for Vasilopita,...

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...

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 have become Greek customs as well, just as they are in the United States, Europe...

Fifth-Century AD Evil Eye From Israel Shows Talisman Popular There

Officials from the Israeli Antiquities Authority recently displayed a 5th-century Evil Eye that served as a talisman against evil.