Category Archives: Greek Tradition

All Souls’ Days or Saturdays of Souls

“Saturdays of Souls” are days set for commemoration of the dead in the Greek Orthodox Church. Jesus Christ lay dead in the tomb on a  Saturday that is why Saturday was chosen for prayer for the dead. There are several … Continue reading

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New Year Celebrations in Greece

This beautiful city which bursts with life, is an amazing amalgam of people, Greek and foreign. A mixture of well-preserved traditions with modern and foreign elements and this, is what I believe, makes New Year in Athens so special! If … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Carnival Season in Athens

Carnival season has taken off in the streets of Athens. “Apokries” is the Greek name for the Carnival time. The time has come for celebrations, parties, activities and events for people of all ages. The municipality of Culture, Sports and … Continue reading

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Easter and the Celebration of Life in Greece

A Very Special Time In Greece It’s that time of the year again when mother nature seems to be stretching and rubbing the sleep out of her eyes and all five senses come alive. This is a very special time … Continue reading

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March 25 – Greek Independence Day

When Heroes Danced Like Greeks Apart from the array of streaming blue and white and the parades, what I liked best about the Greek Independence Day (March 25) were the stories of heroism and of an unequal fight for freedom … Continue reading

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Forty Days and Forty Nights (Sarakosti) – Great Lent

With Fat Thursday out of the way you have  only 10 last days left to challenge your personal boundaries and inhibitions and honor your Dionysian side during carnival. Clean Monday is rapidly approaching and with that it all stops and gets serious … Continue reading

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The Greek Carnival or Apokries in Athens

It is a well known fact that the Christian religion “borrowed” much of its symbolism and ceremony from Pagan beliefs; as is the case with the tradition that we all know today as Carnival or “Apokries” as we say in … Continue reading

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Sweet Greek Summer Memories

My best memories of my summers in Greece were the lazy afternoons that I would spend with my grandmother. The days were usually busy and active but the afternoons were slow and easy going.

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The Holiest Days of the Greek Orthodox Religion

Easter is the most important holiday in the Greek Orthodox Religion and for this reason it has the most poignant ceremonies which begin on the Saturday of Lazarus (the Saturday before Palm Sunday) and end with Easter Sunday and the … Continue reading

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Pascha – The Greek Orthodox Easter

Easter is the most sacred of Greek Orthodox holidays. It takes place in spring and it symbolizes the cycle of life, as the Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ. If you follow the religious rituals they lead to inner reflection, discipline, compassion … Continue reading

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