Tag: Greek culture

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 1

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…

Eleftherios Venizelos

On this day, March 18th 1936- Eleftherios Venizelos passed away

Eleftherios Venizelos (Ελευθέριος Κυριάκου Βενιζέλος) has been named the most prominent politician in Greece’s modern history. Born on the 23rd of August 1864 in Chania, Crete he was the fifth child of Kyriakou Venizelou…

katahra deftera lagana

Traditional Lagana recipe for Kathara Deftera

Today is Kathara Deftera, which means ‘Clean Monday’ and it is the first day of Greek Orthodox Easter Lent, which lasts forty days. Kathara Deftera is a public holiday in Greece, and…

Kathara Deftera

Kathara Deftera, a national holiday in Greece

Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday) is the first day of Great Lent in the Greek Orthodox Church. Today also brings preceding Carnival celebrations to an end, inviting everyone to leave behind the ‘sinful’…

CHEESES

Tyrini, Cheesfare Week

Cheese lovers rejoice! Today marks the beginning of ‘Tyrini’ the week where Greeks worldwide enjoy loads of dairy, cheese and cheese-based dishes, as it is the last week before Great Lent begins. Tyrini…

APOKRIES

‘Apokries’ Greece’s famous Carnival Season kicks off for 2020

‘Apokries,’ Greece’s famous Carnival season has kicked off for 2020! The three-week-long celebrations come before Greek Pascha and culminate on the weekend before ‘Kathara Deftera’ (Clean Monday), the first day of Lent,…

acropolis/parthenon

The Acropolis, the crowning jewel of the Greek capital

The Acropolis of Athens is the most striking architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. The magnificent temple on the Acropolis, the Parthenon, was built between 447 and 432…