Tag: Greek traditions

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…

Eve of Epiphany 1

Eve of Epiphany

January 5 marks the Eve of Epiphany and it is the final day of the Christmas season, which coincides with 12 days after Christmas. In the Greek Orthodox Calendar, it is a…

GREEK LUCKY CHARM

Gorgeous Greek Lucky Charms for 2020

New Year, New Beginnings, and what better way to start 2020 than with an eye-catching lucky charm made by a Greek designer dangling from your neck? Here we present to you some…

Christopsomo

Traditional Christopsomo recipe

“Christopsomo” in Greek means “Christ’s Bread” and this is why the bread is decorated with a cross. Christopsomo is considered very sacred in Greek households and is made with great care to…

Feast Day of Agia Anastasia the Pharmakolitria 8

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…

Christmas boat

Wonderful Christmas Traditions of Greece

Carols about the birth of Jesus sung by the sweet choral voices of children, special decorations, scary superstitions, and painstakingly-made cakes all make up part of Greece’s many Christmas traditions. Many of…

NATIVITY OF CHRIST

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…

AGIOS DIONYSIOS CHURCH 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…

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