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...
Corfu Island Honors Its Patron Saint Spyridon With Splendid Ceremonies
The Greek island of Corfu (Kerkyra) honors the memory of its Patron Saint Spyridon on December 12 each year. Thousands of faithful Christians have already arrived on the Ionian Sea island from all over the world to worship the saint. People...
Sideritis: Greece's Famous Mountain Tea and its Ancient Secrets of Healing
Greeks are not known for their love for tea, as the British or the Turkish are. However, when it comes to tea, the first variety that a Greek would mention is ''chai tou vounou'', or Greek mountain tea. Sideritis, as...
”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.
Greece's Folk Traditions for the Feast of the Ascension
June 6, 2019 is Ascension Day according to the Orthodox Christian Church. This great feast day in the Christian calendar has played a crucial role in Greek folk traditions throughout the centuries. For generation upon generation, Greeks have believed that...
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...
Modern Critics Slam 'Inhumane' Greek Easter Lamb Feast
For Greek people, the annual roasted lamb, slowly cooking on the spit on Easter Sunday, is not only a mouth-watering delicacy but is also part of a centuries-old tradition. The event brings together family and friends outdoors, and gives everyone...
Family Churches in Paros, An Everlasting Tradition
The island of Paros, one of the gems of Cyclades, that is famous for its natural beauties, the picturesque villages, the food and its night life, is also an asset to the religious touristic industry of Greece, since it...