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...

Christmas Carols From Every Corner of Greece (videos)

Greece is a country where traditions and customs are a part of modern, everyday life. Most holidays in Greece are celebrated traditionally, and Christmas...

The Ancient Greek Roots of Christmas Celebrations

Christmas is one of the the most important -- and perhaps the most treasured -- celebration of Christianity, filled with joy and love. Countries...

The Dance of Zalongo and the Self-Sacrifice of Greek Women

The Dance of Zalongo is considered to be a monumental act of bravery and defiance against the Ottoman rulers by the women of Epirus,...

How Kourabiedes and Melomakarona Got their Names

Melomakarona and kourabiedes are two words which, for Greek people, embody Christmas itself. They bring to mind the sweetness of the holiday season, both...
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Fifteen Wacky Facts About Greece

Yes, you could use Google to learn many things about Greece. Or read a text book or tourist guidebook. But there is much more...

The Legendary Maria Pentagiotissa: The First Femme Fatale of Modern Greece (video)

The story of Maria Pentagiotissa contains all the elements of an urban legend, yet she was a real person, with some considering her to...
The Greek Island of Karpathos Among the Cheapest Destinations for 2018

German Newspapers Praise Karpathos’ Astonishing Beauty

Karpathos was the center of the attention for the German Press this summer as it was featured in many of the main newspapers of...

Meet Panagia Tsampika, Rhodes’ Famous Monastery (Photos, Video)

The Monastery of Panagia Tsambika (Virgin Mary of Tsampika) is a very popular place of pilgrimage among Orthodox Christians. It is located in the...

Friday the 13th and Greek Superstitions

Even though Greeks fear Tuesday the 13th as a bad luck day, the Anglo-Saxon culture that has invaded the country through movies, television and the...

Meet the Anemoi, the Greek Gods of Weather

Greece has seen much turbulent summer weather with storms, rains and floods lashing different parts of the country. While tourists dash for shelter from the...

Why do Greeks Try to See their Fortune in a Coffee Cup? (video)

The reading of the grinds of a Greek coffee cup is a tradition that runs for centuries, making coffee cup reading an act that...

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