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Epiphany: One of Christianity’s Most Important Feasts

Traditionally, the great feast of the Epiphany marks the end of the extended period of Christmas holidays in Greece. Each year on January 6, hundreds of thousands of Greeks and visitors participate in the rich traditions that are observed in...

Old and New Christmas Traditions in Greece

One of the most important celebrations in the Christian calendar is the annual commemoration of the birth of Christ. Each country has its own unique traditions and each region of Greece has a different history, along with different myths...

106-Year-Old Greek Yiayia Prays For the Whole World Every Day

At 106 years of age, a Greek yiayia, or grandmother, named Anthi Katsouli stands in her yard every single day and prays for the entire world. Born in the village of Katarraktis in the region of Arta in Epirus, Northwestern...

Saint Demetrios: The History of Thessaloniki’s Beloved Patron Saint

Saint Demetrios (or Dimitrios) of Thessaloniki is one of the most popular Christian saints not only in Greece but across the Orthodox Christian world, with millions of people bearing his name, in all of its many beautiful variations. Saint Demetrios...

The Sound of Hagia Sophia, Recreated Centuries Later

The sound of Hagia Sophia was recreated recently by two scholars from California’s Stanford University by simply popping a balloon. Bissera Pentcheva, a professor of art history, has published a book on the subject titled “Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space, and...

Why Are There as Many Churches on Mykonos as There Are Families?

Why is the Greek island of Mykonos home to so many churches, chapels, and monasteries?

The History of the Panagia Soumela Icon, the Symbol of Hellenism in Pontus

The holy icon of Panagia Soumela, located in the homonymous Holy Church in Vermio, northern Greece, is the symbol of Hellenism in Pontus.

Sister Nectaria: The Only Greek in Kolkata Is Mother to Thousands

A Greek Orthodox nun in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India has become a symbol of the eternal fight against poverty, illiteracy, child trafficking and prostitution in the city. Sister Nectaria Paridisi, by most accounts the only Greek individual left in Kolkata,...

Greek Good Friday Procession Tweaked for Coronavirus

This year, Greeks gathered for the mournful Good Friday "Epitaphio" procession under different conditions than usual due to coronavirus restrictions. 

Catholics in Greece Celebrate Easter Amid Coronavirus Restrictions

Catholic and Protestant Christians across Greece celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 4.