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Tag: Greek culture

Bartholomew the Holy Apostle

Feast Day of Bartholomew the Holy Apostle

Saint Bartholomew was one of the Twelve Apostles, and had Galilee as his homeland; this is all that is known of him for certain according to the history of the Gospels. Concerning…

Komboloi

History of Greece’s famous Komboloi

The Komboloi is known to be a favourite pastime for many Greeks and used as a way to relax their mind and soul. Yet the history of the Komboloi and its origins date…

Ascension of our Lord

The Feast of the Ascension of our Lord

Today is the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, which is celebrated each year on the fortieth day after the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha…

Saints Constantine & Helen

May 21 Feast Day: Agios Konstantinos and Agia Eleni

On May 21, the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the Feast Day of Agios Konstantinos and his mother Agia Eleni. This great and renowned sovereign of the Christians was the son of Constantius…

Greek diaspora schools to test StaEllinika platform 1

Greek diaspora schools to test StaEllinika platform

The StaEllenika initiative, announced in April by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, serves as the platform of suite of apps for young Greek language learners developed through Simon Fraser University (SFU).…

Marinella

Xronia Polla to Greece’s legendary singer Marinella

Marinella is one of Greece’s most popular singers of all time, with her successful career spanning several decades, she is loved by generations of Greeks worldwide. Born on May 20, 1938, in…

Saint Therapon

Feast Day of Saint Therapon

On May 14, the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the Feast Day of Martyrdom Therapon, who was a monk and ascetic on the island of Cyprus. He was worthy of episcopal rank and, during a…

say I love you mum in greek

Say “I love you Mum” in Greek

While cards and flowers are great gifts that she will definitely cherish, there is nothing that will please a Greek mother and grandmother more than hearing you say how much you love her in Greek. 

Feast Day of Holy Martyr Christopher of Lycea

Feast Day of Holy Martyr Christopher of Lycea

On May 9 the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast Day of Holy Martyr Christopher of Lycea, who is also known as the protector of drivers. Saint Christopher was at first named…

irene

Feast Day of Irene the Great Martyr

On May 5 the Greek Orthodox church commemorates the Feast Day of Irene the Great Martyr. Saint Irene was the daughter of a princelet called Licinius; named Penelope by her parents, through…

Protomagia

‘Protomagia’ traditions and customs

Protomagia (May 1st) is International Labour Day in Greece and it is a holiday where people traditionally go to the countryside for picnics, to fly kites and to gather flowers. Today, Greeks…

Children of the Greek diaspora learn about their homeland 4

Children of the Greek diaspora learn about their homeland

The General Secretariat for Greeks Αbroad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies, have designed a series of apps to bring the children…

Feast Day of Agios Georgios

Feast Day of Agios Georgios, the great Martyr

  Today is the Feast Day of Agios Georgios, a great and glorious Martyr of Christ, born of a father from Cappadocia and a mother from Palestine. Being a military tribune, or…

Saints Raphael, Nicholas & Irene

Saints Raphael, Nicholas & Irene of Lesvos

The holy, glorious and right-victorious Martyrs Raphael, Nicholas and Irene suffered martyrdom by the Turks on the island of Lesvos, Greece, on Bright Tuesday (April 9, 1463) after the fall of Constantinople.…

Stavros Spyros Niarchos

On April 16, 1996: Stavros Niarchos passes away

The secret of his shipping success was very simple: buy cheap and buy big. Stavros Spyros Niarchos, the shadowy Greek shipping magnate who spent much of his life battling his archrival Aristotle…

Eliopites- Cypriot olive pastries

Recipe for Eliopites- Cypriot olive pastries

Love of food and family are intertwined in the Greek culture, so it seems impossible to embrace one without the other. Every recipe triggers memories of dishes prepared for family gatherings, mostly…

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