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December 22, Feast Day of Agia Anastasia the Pharmakolitria

December 22, Feast Day of Agia Anastasia the Pharmakolitria

On December 22nd the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates Agia Anastasia Pharmakolitria, Saint Protector of poison and other harmful substances. The Great Martyr Anastasia the “Deliverer from Potions”, also Anastasia the Healer or Anastasia of Sirmium was martyred…

December 20, Forefeast of the Nativity of the Lord

December 20, Forefeast of the Nativity of the Lord

On December 20th, the Greek Orthodox Church begins the Forefeast of the Nativity, whose liturgical structure is similar to the Holy Week preceding Pascha, for the birth of the Son of God is the beginning of…

Christmas boat

Wonderful Christmas Traditions of Greece

The many Christmas traditions of Greece that are still honoured today have been passed down through generation upon generation of Greeks from islands, villages and cities alike.

Agios Dionysios Church in Zakynthos

Agios Dionysios Church in Zakynthos

Agios Dionysios is the largest church in Zakynthos and celebrates on December 17, which is the Feast Day of Agios Dionysios, Patron Saint, and Protector of the island. This holy and miraculous…

December 5, Feast Day of Agios Savvas

December 5, Feast Day of Agios Savvas

On December 5, the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the Feast Day of Agios Savvas the miracle worker. Saint Savvas the Sanctified was born in the fifth century at Cappadocia of pious Christian…

Feast Day of Agios Stylianos, the protector of Children

Feast Day of Agios Stylianos, the protector of Children

On November 26, the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the Feast Day of Agios Stylianos, the Protector of Children. Agios Stylianos was born in Paphlagonia of Asia Minor sometime between the fourth and…

November 9, Feast Day of Agios Nektarios the Wonderworker

November 9, Feast Day of Agios Nektarios the Wonderworker

On November 9, the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates Agios Nektarios the Wonderworker of Aegina. He is considered the Patron Saint for people who have cancer, heart trouble, arthritis, epilepsy, and other diseases.…

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…

Koulourakia

Koulourakia Paschalina Recipe

Koulourakia Paschalina are traditional Greek Easter biscuits, which are usually prepared a few days leading up to Pascha. They’re not too sweet and make an excellent biscuit to accompany your frappe, coffee,…

Evangelismos tis Theotokou

Annunciation of the Theotokos

On March 25, the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Annunciation by archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she should become the mother of Jesus Christ the Son of God, as today…

Miracle of Koliva by St. Theodore

The Miracle of Saint Theodore the Tyro and Kolyva

Today the Greek Orthodox Church remembers the miracle of Saint Theodore the Tyro and Kolyva (boiled wheat). On the two Saturdays before Lent and the first Saturday of Lent we celebrate Liturgies…

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…

THESSY WEDDING SABO

Greek wedding customs and traditions

“Simera ya, simera yamos yinetai….” You would be hard-pressed to find a Greek wedding which hasn’t had that traditional song wafting through the house or street as bridal parties prepare for the…

Epiphany 2020 - Yarra Bay

Greek Orthodox Epiphany Celebrations in Sydney, Australia

Thousands of people from Greek Orthodox parishes in Sydney braved the smoky conditions and rainfall that occurred, attending this year’s Epiphany celebrations at Yarra Bay on Sunday, January 12, 2020. According to three of…