Tag: Greek society

filotimo

Filotimo. Is it the key to surviving the age of loneliness?

For Greeks, filotimo is something that has been passed through generations, it’s inherited in our DNA. Could this age-old noun encapsulating the highest of Greek virtues be the key to ending this ‘age of loneliness’?

On this day in 1864, Eleftherios Venizelos was born

On this day in 1864, Eleftherios Venizelos was born

Eleftherios Kyriakou Venizelos (Ελευθέριος Κυριάκου Βενιζέλος) was probably 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…

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…

Marfin Bank

Plaque unveiled to honour Marfin Bank victims

A plaque commemorating the tragic deaths of three Marfin Bank employees and an unborn child who were killed in a fire set by rioters on May 5, 2010, was unveiled at the…

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…

Greek PM presents permanent social welfare and relief package 5

Greek PM presents permanent social welfare and relief package

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras presented a new round of social welfare and anti-austerity measures at the Zappeion Megaron on Tuesday evening. Prior to the announcement Tsipras acknowledged that a large part…

Leading Greek scientist calls for Greece to address its brain-drain 7

Leading Greek scientist calls for Greece to address its brain-drain

CERN researcher Despina Hatzifotiadou called for Greece to address its brain-drain, which saw thousands of youth leave the country to pursue employment opportunities overseas, particularly during the economic crisis. Hatzifotiadou made the…

Greek PM honours Labour Day 9

Greek PM honours Labour Day

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras paid homage to International Labour Day on Wednesday 1 May, referring to the importance of labour protections and the fact that 2019 was the first anniversary “after…

Lovely traditions and customs of Protomagia 11

Lovely traditions and customs of Protomagia

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…

Greek minimum wage to see increase in 2019 27

Greek minimum wage to see increase in 2019

The Tsipras government plans to increase the Greek minimum wage in the New Year as part of its series of measures aiming to boost the income of Greek citizens. Government spokesman Dimitris…

President inaugurates science centre 29

President inaugurates science centre

Greece’s President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, inaugurated on Monday the Eugenides Foundation “Athena” Centre for Science and Technology (ACST). The President praised this initiative claiming the ACST will contribute greatly to the scientific and…