Greeks Fly Clean Monday Kites as Lent Begins

For Greek Orthodox Christians, Clean Monday marks the beginning of the 40-day fast before Easter; tradition dictates that the faithful start abstaining from eating...

Valentine’s Day: The Greek Roots of the Saint of Love

Was Saint Valentine Greek? Although much of the historical Valentine's life is somewhat obscure, a community of Catholics on Lesvos has told Greek Reporter...

‘Martis’ Bracelets Mark Arrival of Greek Spring

Greeks are preparing to welcome spring by celebrating an ancient annual custom with the tradition of Martis where both adults and children adorn themselves...

The Heartbreaking Prank Behind Patras’ Greek Carnival (video)

  A poor Greek woman's dire need to marry and her humiliation by callous neighbors has created a carnival custom which has lasted for over...

Sizzling “Tsiknopempti” Customs Across Greece

Even though Greeks consume a lot of meat, this Thursday millions will follow the custom of Tsiknopempti and eat even more. Enough, tradition says,...

Crete’s Rethymno Celebrates Colorful Greek Carnival (Photos and Video)

It all started back in 1914 and ever since, year after year, the Cretan city of Rethymno hosts a traditional carnival celebration like no...

Cretans Ride Horses to Macedonia Rally in Thessaloniki

Cretans are well-known for their unique cultural habits and life-long customs. This time, a group of them decided to take their horses along with...
The Valley is located at Thespies, in Boeotia, part of the region of Central Greece. As a matter of fact, the earliest known records of the Nine Muses are from Boeotia, the homeland of Hesiod.

A Visit to Greece’s Valley of the Muses

  The eastern slopes of Mount Helicon have been witnesses to the history of the Valley of the Muses, the site of an ancient Greek...

Blessing of the Oranges Custom Observed in Argos

The custom of the blessing of the oranges was observed again this year in Argos, Peloponnese, along with the tradition of the blessing of...

Greeks Gamble on New Year’s Eve for Good Luck

For many Greeks, the new year will not go well if they don't play cards on New Year's Eve. And if they do play...

Celebrate the New Year in Traditional Greek Style

New Year's Eve has always involved rituals related to celebrating life, the joy of witnessing another year and good luck and prosperous wishes for...

Greek Christmas Customs of Asia Minor

Most people who live in Thrace and Eastern Macedonia have roots from Asia Minor. Today, the descendants follow the customs that their refugee ancestors brought...

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