Little Maximus’ Special Day

The christening of Steph and Andrew Mario’s second son Maximus was a double celebration, as it was his baptism and first birthday in one. The ceremony was held at The Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity and St Luke in Birmingham, England by The Reverend Oeconomos Christos Stephanou, the parish priest. The Sacrament of…

Holy Pentecost

Today the Greek Orthodox Church and worshippers celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, which is always celebrated 50 days after the Resurrection of Christ. At Pentecost, the disciples received the Holy Spirit as tongues of fire, fulfilling the promise that Christ had given them while He was still with them. This spirit was the Comforter who would…

Greek Pascha feast at Alpha

The Hellenic Club Sydney will again this year host a traditional midnight feast to celebrate “Pascha”, Greek Orthodox Easter, at its acclaimed restaurant, Alpha. The Pascha supper will incorporate traditional Greek dishes such as succulent lamb shank mayeritsa, spit-roasted whole suckling lamb, tsoureki Easter bread and red dye eggs by chef Peter Conistis. Arthur Balayannis,…

Nick’s MND journey

Christina’s 43 year old father Nick Lias has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND)- a life threatening illness, which unfortunately has no cure. Christina has set up a funding page to try and raise money to send her father overseas to receive treatment, which will hopefully prolong the disease. “Throughout the 18 years of…

A Greek Christmas in the Diaspora – the Challenges and the Blessings

Christmas in the Diaspora can be bittersweet for many of us who have loved ones in Greece.  However, it’s also a time of year we can embrace our unique identity, a combination of two cultures, and share it with others. One of the main challenges Greeks face in the lead up to Christmas is the…

Importance of teaching children a second language

Why is it important to teach children a second language? Children’s author and cultural educator Melina Mallos tells us why she thinks there are many benefits of teaching Greek to kids of the diaspora.   The world we live in is a global village, and as such, personal and professional opportunities for all of us are…

The Greek Salad – Η Χωριάτικη Σαλάτα

A bilingual book for children aged 2 to 8 written by John Nikolakopoulos. “Today is Sofia’s name day and her cousins are coming to visit. She has to prepare a salad, but all the ingredients are busy in the Olympic games! Can she and Artemis her cat make the salad in time?” Greek Australian Peter…

Beautiful Baptism for your Baby

A Greek Orthodox baptism is one of the first and by far most precious occasions in your baby’s life. From choosing a child’s name, deciding on Godparents, down to planning all the fine details for this special event- there is a lot of decision making and preparing for parents, ahead of the big day. GCT…

Learn, Play & Inquire for Kids

Joanne Marie Babalis is a kindergarten teacher, a kindergarten instructor, as well as a PhD student, blogger, and speaker in Toronto, Canada. She is extremely passionate about designing spaces, which inspire inquiry-based learning and creative innovation for twenty-first century literate learners. Joanne has been teaching for ten years and believes that all children are born…