Greeks to Mark Solemn Holy Friday With Epitaphios Processions

Good Friday is a profoundly mournful day in Greece which commemorates the Passion of Christ. A nationwide affair, it recalls the moments leading up...

Modern Critics Slam “Inhumane” Greek Easter Lamb Feast

For Greek people, the annual roasted lamb, slowly turning on the spit on Easter Sunday, is not only a mouth-watering delicacy but is also...

Greek Orthodox to Celebrate Saint George’s Day on April 29

The annual celebration of Saint George on April 23 is one of the most important feasts in the Orthodox calendar. Almost all Greek households...

Lagana, Ηalvas and Τaramas, The Greek Delicacies of Clean Monday

Lagana, halvas, and taramas, otherwise known as “the Koulouma,” are the official foods of the first day of Lent in Greece, a day known as...

How to Make a Traditional Kite for Clean Monday in Greece (video)

Kathara Deftera, or "Clean Monday" — the beginning of Lent among Orthodox Christians — is the day Greeks fly kites (which are symbolic of...

Greek Carnival Reaches Climax with a Hint of Ancient Dionysian Revels

The Carnival season, or “Apokries” in Greek, is slowly coming to an end this weekend, but not without a bang. Greeks across the country...

Grilled Meat on the Menu as Greece Marks Tsiknopempti

Thursday is not going to be a banner day for vegetarians in Greece. The country is currently indulging in the great annual feast of barbecued...

Crete’s Minoan Treasures Are Still in UNESCO Limbo

By Phil Butler* It has been called “Europe’s oldest city.” The Palace at Knossos on Crete was the center of European culture from before 2800...

Epiphany: A Greek Orthodox Celebration Rich in Tradition

Epiphany is one of the most sacred Greek Orthodox celebrations, rich in many Christian traditions which also date back to ancient times. Epiphany (also called...

Why Greeks Smash a Pomegranate on New Year’s Day

Breaking the pomegranate on New Year's Day is an Ancient Greek holiday tradition, with its origins in the Peloponnese or Serres, and later spreading...

Gambling on New Year’s Eve Has Become Greek Tradition

Outside of the Greek world, it is little known that Greek people nearly always play cards on New Year's Eve. But according to Greek...

Podariko: The Greek New Year’s Custom is Still Alive

One of the oldest customs Greeks follow with the advent of the New Year is called “podariko”, from the root pod-, or foot, roughly...

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