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Fast forward – Greek Orthodox Easter in Athens

In Greece, you really sense the mystery and the miracle of Easter. Unlike in most western Easter celebrations, Easter is not limited to a day or two, but encompasses a whole season.  Beginning after Carnival, Lent ushers in a period of restraint. Then, when Holy Week begins in preparation for Easter Sunday, the somber mood,

Gearing up to the Festive Season – Spotlight on Crete

Crete is a wonderful island to visit in winter, and especially at Christmas. This is one of Greece’s most interesting all-season destinations. Crete has a strong culture, with its own cuisine, own music, and even its own style of traditional dress. It also has strong traditions. Some of them are old, and some of them

Discovering the Mycenaean Trail

Exploring the trail of the Mycenaeans is a fascinating way to discover in depth one of Greece’s most fascinating civilizations. It’s also a wonderful way to experience the beauty of some of Greece’s most stunning natural settings. The Mycenaeans - a Glorious Bronze Age Culture of Greece The Mycenaeans, who flourished during the last phase

Ancestry Trips – Discovering Greek Heritage

The Greeks have always been adventurous people. Since ancient times, Greece has spread its culture through emigration. There have been famous Greek colonies throughout the region. In the west, there is southern Italy, where even today there are villages in Calabria where a Greek dialect is spoken by the locals. To the south, Alexandria in

October 28th- “Ochi” Day

One of the proudest National Holidays of Greece has an unusual name. It usually goes by that date, but it is also called “Ochi” day - “No.”  The history of October 28th and the celebrations surrounding the holiday offer a precious glimpse into the Greek soul.  Greek culture is famous worldwide for its hospitality, for

Open Air Cinemas in Greece

There’s nothing lovelier than a Greek summer evening, filled with soft breezes and the scent of jasmine. It seems no one is indoors on a fine Greek summer night - the outdoor cafes, tavernas and chic restaurants with tables under the stars begin to fill, and the streets are lively with locals and visitors enjoying

The Return of Life in Spring: the Myth of Demeter and Persephone

One beautiful day, Persephone - the daughter of Demeter and Zeus - was strolling in a meadow of flowers. Suddenly, the earth opened up, and Hades - God of the Underworld - seized the maiden, and brought her back to the underworld to be his bride. Her mother’s search for her, the subsequent devastation she

Reviving Ancient Theatres in Greece

When people with vision, enthusiasm, dedication and passion come together, remarkable things happen — Diazoma is the result of such a profound formula. Founded in Athens in 2008, Diazoma is a movement of people who share the same passion for the Greek cultural heritage and their mission is to protect, restore and promote monuments such

The Panigiraki of Arachova: Reliving Traditions with Ancient Roots

Wherever you go in Greece, there will not be just one story, but several. This is such an ancient country, and its history has many layers. The Panigiraki - the feast day of Agios Giorgos- in Arachova, is just such a story.  The Panigiraki of Arachova: Reliving Traditions with Ancient Roots  Village Feast Days Greece

Easter – A Wonderful Time to Experience Greece

Truly, no country celebrates Easter with such elaborate customs and festivities as Greece does. And Greece, in turn, is never lovelier than it is at Easter, an ideal time to visit. Why Easter is A Wonderful Time to Experience Greece    Don’t wait for Summer At Easter, the days are warm – you could even