Why Watching the Changing of the Guard in Athens is a must

By Antonia Komarkowski  Something that is unique to Greece are the Evzones and the Changing of the Guard at Syntagma Square, Athens which occurs every day, every hour on the hour. The Presidential Guards, Evzones guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Hellenic Parliament 24/7. They stand proudly in perfect stillness,…

Anna Papoutsakis, the Epitome of Filotimo

Greeks are renowned all around the world for their filotimo. It is one of those rare, words in a rich language that cannot be translated or defined. We know when we see it, and we can feel it when we are on the receiving end. Anna Papoutsakis personifies filotimo. She has spent 8 years volunteering tirelessly in…

Arianna Christou shares her Pride and Passion for Greece

By Antonia Komarkowski  Living in Astoria, New York, twenty-two year old Arianna Christou is a proud Greek American. She is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Accounting, as well as working towards achieving her C.P.A. certification. This year Arianna was one of the recipients awarded the Eva Dossa Scholarship from United Greek Americans (UGA), which…

Andreas Leonakis raising awareness on the Battle of Crete

Andreas Leonakis, is raising awareness in memory of The ANZACS, Greek and Allied Forces, The Cretan People and his father Timotheus Leonakis, who fought as a young 16-year-old man in the conflict 77 years ago. This is Andreas third walk since 2016 and he started his walk on Sunday May 20th, from The Greek Club…

The Hamptons & Illinois turn blue & white for annual Greek Festivals

By Antonia Komarkowski The Hamptons is an iconic, lavish destination, just a 2 hour drive from New York City and from Thursday 12th July until Sunday 15th July, it will be turning blue and white as the Hamptons Greek Festival will take place. The festival will be taking place on the grounds of the Dormtion…

Racing at the Spartathlon in Athens

Luca Turrini is an Italian born Australian, who has qualified for automatic entry into the Spartathlon 2018, which will be hosted in Greece in September. He aims to finish within the top five positions and the fastest finishing time for an Australian (28h:12m). Luca is also producing a short film called “The Meraki Project” which…

US Ambassador to Greece hosts 4th of July celebrations in Athens

The US Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, held annual 4th of July Celebrations in Athens, which was attended by Ministers, MP’s and other guests of honour. Speaking to those present, Ambassador Pyatt assured guests that the US will help Greece by all means, as the country begins its recovery process, while making special reference to investment.…

Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles

On the 30th of June each year, the Greek Orthodox Church honours the Synaxis (a celebratory gathering) of the Twelve Holy Apostles. The commemoration of a Synaxis is commonly observed on the day following a major feast day. It recognises the participation of a Saint or a group of Saints in the major feast preceding…

Visiting Sacred and Holy Mount Athos

Mount Athos, also known as the Holy Mountain in Greece, is one of the most sacred spots on earth. In the peninsula of Halkidiki, Northern Greece, only men are permitted to enter Mount Athos. The 20 monasteries and all monks are under the guide of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. Last year, 23-year-old Dimitri from…