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Rita Wilson Thanks Greece for Granting Tom Hanks Honorary Greek Citizenship

American actress and singer Rita Wilson thanked Greece on Friday for granting honorary citizenship to her husband Tom Hanks, earlier in December 2019. Wilson expressed...

“The Carols”: The Story Behind the Most Celebrated Painting in Modern Greek Art

The beloved painting titled "The Kalanda," created in 1872 by the Greek master Nikiforos Lytras, is one of the most famous works in the...

Santa Claus or Saint Basil? The Eternal Greek Christmastime Paradox

Although Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, is the figure that all nations with Christian traditions associate with Christmas, one major difference exists between the...

The City of Florina: Northern Greece’s Hidden Winter Fairyland

Florina is Greece's northwesternmost city, with a population of approximately 20,000 people who live in the town itself and 15,000 more in its...

The Three Gifts of the Magi: The Most Precious Relics on Mount Athos

Among the innumerable treasures and holy relics preserved at the Holy Monastery of St. Paul on Mount Athos (in Greek Άγιον Όρος, meaning "Holy...

President Pavlopoulos Sends Annual Christmas Message to Diaspora Greeks

Prokopios Pavlopoulos, the President of the Hellenic Republic, recently sent his official Christmas message to all the Greeks around the world who are not currently...

Uniquely Greek Christmas Customs

Christmas holiday customs have become globalized in the past few decades, with Santa Claus or the Christmas tree appearing in unusual places, and even...

Town of Paramythia in Epirus Bakes Greece’s Largest Melomakarono

The town of Paramythia in Greece's Epirus region prepared and baked the largest melomakarono in Greece and probably in the entire world this weekend. Melomakarono...

The Greek Man Who Brings Light to The World’s Most Beautiful Christmas Markets

Giannis Paleochorinos is a Greek businessman who has, over the course of decades, become the man whose business supplies the most spectacular Christmas markets...

Melomakarano vs Kourabies: The Titanic Battle of the Greek Christmas Sweets

In Greece, few words spell Christmas better than "kourabies" and "melomakarono", the two seasonal sweets that have most natives asking why they are not...

”Karavaki,” The Old Greek Tradition of Decorating Boats — Not Trees — at Christmas

Christmas is linked all around the world to the ancient tradition of decorating a Christmas tree with countless ornaments and beautiful lights. However, an...

Unseasonably High Temperatures in Greece and Europe Make Christmastime Feel Like Easter

Warm air masses moving north from Africa are now bringing unseasonably high temperatures and sunny weather to Greece and most parts of Central and Eastern...

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