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Greek Trade Unions Defy Coronavirus Scare to Mark Labor Day

Greek trade unionists marked their annual Labor Day with a rally in central Athens on Friday but were careful to keep a safe distance from each other, according to the guidelines instituted to fight the coronavirus epidemic. Rally organizers gathered...

May Day: Thousands March Across Greece to Commemorate Labor Day

Thousands of people, including members of trade unions, political parties and workers, marched in Athens and many other major Greek cities on Wednesday to commemorate Labor Day, The day devoted to workers is celebrated across Europe and other parts...

Greek Labor Unions Celebrate May Day; Anarchists, Police Clash

Greece's largest trade union federations held a strike rally at Klafthmonos Square in central Athens on Tuesday to mark the May Day celebration with "Democracy, Justice, Equality, Freedom, Peace, Labor Rights" as their slogan. The rally was organised by the...

Wreaths and Fire Jumping: Greek May Day Traditions

May Day in Greece has its roots in ancient times as a celebration of Spring. According to tradition, May was named after the Roman goddess Maia, which is the Greek word for midwife, nurse and mother. The Ancient Greeks had dedicated...

Athens Announces Reduced Transport Ahead of May Day Rallies

Disruption is expected in Athens tomorrow as labor activists stage rallies and demonstrations to mark May 1, International Workers' Day. A rally by two large union groups is expected at 11 a.m. local time (0800GMT) in central Athens preceded an...

Labor Day Strikes to Paralyse Greek Shipping

A 24-hour strike by Greek seamen to mark May 1 will paralyse shipping across the country on Tuesday. The Panhellenic Seamen's Federation (PNO) said it had called the action as part of International Labor Day celebrations as well as an...

May Day Rallies and Marches Held Throughout Greece

Trade unions and organisations marked the May Day labour holiday on Monday with marches and rallies held in cities around Greece. They stressed the need to fight for and defend fundamental labour rights rolled back under memorandum policies. The General...

The May Day Wreath and Its Roots in Ancient Greece

Maios (Μάιος in Greek), the month of May, took its name from the ancient goddess Maia (in Greek Μαία, the mother, the midwife, she who helps to give birth. Maia was the Greek goddess of fertility. The first day of...

How to Make an Impressive May Day Wreath

As May 1st approaches, Greeks are getting ready to make their May Day wreaths, or "stefani" from fresh flowers. This tradition started as a celebration of Spring and according to the story, the month of May was named after the...

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,...