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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...

Thousands Gather at Fort Roupel to Reenact Historic WWII Battle

Thousands of people made a kind of a pilgrimage on May 11 and 12 to the site of the battlefields surrounding Greece's legendary Fort...

Why Orthodox and Western Easter Are on Different Dates

Greece is slowly but surely coming closer to the great feast of Easter -- a religious occasion celebrated here with more gusto than in many...

Poll: Nine in Ten Greeks View their Culture as Superior

Almost nine out of ten Greeks (89 percent) believe that their culture is superior to others, while three quarters of those polled consider adherence...

The Miraculous Holy Icon of Panagia Myrtidiotissa

On September 24, 40 days after the Dormition of Virgin Mary, the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates Panagia Myrtidiotissa, the holy icon of Our Lady...

Greek Orthodox Church Celebrates St. Patrick (video)

St. Patrick may be thought of almost universally as a Roman Catholic figure, but a church in Grevena, in northern Greece, has always celebrated...

Why Do Greeks Roast a Whole Lamb on the Spit on Easter Sunday

The picture of a whole lamb slowly turning on the spit over charcoal and the smell that accompanies it spells Easter Sunday for Greek...

Government Junior Partner Kammenos Says He Will Block Changes to Religious Studies

Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader Panos Kammenos, a junior coalition partner with the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) government, met with Archbishop Ieronymos on Wednesday. During...

Bride vs. Groom: Greek Wedding Customs Rooted in Gender Wars

Anyone who has seen "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" knows that Greek nuptials are filled with a treasure trove of traditions passed down from...

Rhodes Baptism Prevented Until Godmother Gets Church Wedding

A baptism on the island of Rhodes was postponed because the godmother's wedding had been performed according to a civil ceremony rather than religious...

Holy Synod Concludes on Crete With a Declaration of Unity

The Holy Synod, a council of Orthodox churches, that took place in Crete on June 20-26 ended with a declaration of unity. In its...

Greek Church Prays for LGBT Abnormality, Ahead of Thessaloniki Pride

Members of the Greek Orthodox Church held an all-night prayer vigil on Thursday, ahead of the Thessaloniki Pride Festival due to take place at...

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