New Year

Pandemic Upends Christmas and New Year Festivities All Over Europe

As expected, the global coronavirus pandemic has overturned Europeans' plans for the 2020 holiday season, as governments search for measures to prevent the further spread of Covid-19, while allowing citizens to celebrate with their families and friends as much...

New Year's Good Luck Charm Highlights 200 years of Greek Independence

In 2021, Greeks will celebrate 200 years since the Greek Revolution of 1821; the armed uprising waged by the Greek revolutionaries against the Ottomans, which resulted in the eventual overthrowing of the Ottoman Empire and creating an independent state. As...

EU Cautions Against Loosening Virus Restrictions; Doesn’t Ban Holiday Travel

The European Union's Executive Commission on Wednesday kept up the pressure on member states to maintain their strict coronavirus protocols before the Christmas season is upon us, with all its temptations to travel and engage in social activities. When many...

Bakers Create Giant Five-Ton Vasilopita Cake in Peristeri, Attica

The Association of Bakers of Athens, together with citizens from Attica's large municipality of Peristeri, prepared, baked and distributed to the public a massive ''Vasilopita,'' the traditional cake Greek families enjoy on New Year's Eve, on Tuesday. Peristeri mayor Andreas...

How to Celebrate the New Year in Traditional Greek Style

Do you ever wonder how people in Greece celebrate the annual New Year’s festivities? The country and its people are so passionate about their culture and traditions that it's no wonder there are so many New Year's traditions for...

"The Carols": The Story Behind the Most Celebrated Painting in Modern Greek Art

The beloved painting titled "The Kalanda," created in 1872 by the Greek master Nikiforos Lytras, is one of the most famous works in the history of modern Greek art. It is still admired today and is widely shared throughout...

Thessaloniki's Christmas Magic Captured in Spectacular Drone Video

The city of Thessaloniki has been covered in millions of twinkling Christmas lights and other festive decorations as Greece's second largest metropolis undergoes a complete metamorphosis to welcome 2019. On New Year's Eve, more than 4,000 fireworks, rising up to...

Christmas Carols From Every Corner of Greece (videos)

Greece is a country where traditions and customs are a part of our modern, everyday lives. Most holidays in Greece are celebrated traditionally, and Christmas is no exception. Christmas caroling is very popular, and although you might hear any songs...

President Pavlopoulos Urges Unity, In Greek Diaspora Address

The year 2018 will find Greeks determined and united in their endeavours and carving out "the future that we deserve and befits us," Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos underlined in his message to Greeks abroad, ahead of the Christmas and...

City of Athens to Welcome New Year With Ceremonies

The city of Athens will hail in the New Year in January with the “reveille” played by the Armed Forces and Security Forces and the firing of shots from the gun emplacement on Lycabettus Hill at 7:41a.m. This will be...