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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 Naming Customs of Greece, From Ancient Times to Today

Although you may know a fair bit about Greek naming customs today, there are name traditions which go all the way back to Ancient Greece

Chios Island Marked Easter With Spectacular Rocket War

The rocket war, one of the most beautiful, spectacular and yet dangerous Easter spectacles of Greece, revived on Saturday night on Chios.

“Flying Priests” Mark Holy Saturday’s First Resurrection in Greece

The tradition of the “Flying Priest” from the Greek island of Chios has now spread in many parts of Greece and Cyprus

”Una Faccia, Una Razza”: The Fascinating Story of Greco-Italian Bonds

Greeks and Italians have so much in common, that one would need years to itemize each aspect of the bonds they share.

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,...

The Historical Origins of Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra

Although Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, is the figure that all nations with Christian traditions associate with Christmas, one major difference exists between the Greeks and the rest of the world regarding the identity of the man who brings...

Greece's National Intangible Cultural Heritage Index Adds 16 New Elements

Greece's Ministry of Culture recently announced that 16 new elements will be incorporated into Greece's National Directory of Intangible Cultural Heritage for the first time since 2008. According to Culture Minister Lina Mendoni, "The 16 elements registered in the National...

The Coronavirus Easter: How Greece Celebrated its Greatest Feast in Lockdown

April 19 was an Orthodox Easter Sunday nobody will ever forget in Greece. As strict curfew measures remain in place across the country to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Greeks tried to find new ways to...

Greece Ready to Enjoy Clean Monday Delicacies, Despite Carnival Ban

As we all know, this year's festivities which would have been part of Carnival weekend and Clean Monday have been banned across Greece due to the COVID19 Coronavirus outbreak. However, faithful to centuries' old tradition, millions of Greeks are ready...