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Shops opening hours over Christmas and New Year period Dec 17-Jan 2

From Friday, December 15th 2017, until Tuesday, January 2nd 2018, shops in Greece follow different operation hours and will be open also on three Sundays in order to allow consumers to do their Christmas shopping in a relaxed atmosphere. Shops will be open on three consecutive Sundays, December 17, 24 …

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Kebab and Gyros narrowly escape “death sentence” at European Parliament vote

Kebab and Gyros narrowly escaped the “death sentence”  in European Parliament earlier on Wednesday, when MEPs  were called to vote thumb up or thump down to a proposed ban on phosphate, an additive substance that can be of health risk for human consumption. According to Deutsche Welle, the vote needed an …

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Jean Paul Gaultier designs a Greek Flag t-shirt to support the Benaki Museum

Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier wore a t-shirt with the Greek flag and threw an embroidered cape from a Tsolias* uniform over his shoulders to show his love for Greece. Gaultier came to Athens to support the Benaki Museum raising funds. “Through my collaboration with the Benaki Museum, I hope …

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Typical Greek: How do we know an angry taxi driver is Greek? VIDEO

How do we know an angry taxi driver somewhere in the world is Greek? No, not because he appeals to Jesus… Not because he looks like a Greek… Not because he is angry like a Greek. In the following video, the taxi driver has a dispute with a pedestrian. The …

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The Miracle of Holy Fire (Holy Light) 2017 – Footage from Jerusalem

The miracle of Jesus Christ Resurrection happened again. The Holy Light or Holy Fire appeared in the the Tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem. Orthodox Christians, thousands of pilgrims and locals, rejoice. The Holy Fire ceremony in the Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The Holy Fire is the most renowned …

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Greek Easter Eggs symbolism in color and cracking tradition VIDEOS

The egg has a high symbolic meaning in the Greek Orthodox tradition, with different explanations. Greeks dye the Easter Eggs on Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), the day that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with the Apostles. While in the recent years the eggs are dyed also in other colors, …

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Defiant Greek hens lay Green shelled Eggs on Holy Tuesday PICTURES

You thought Greeks dye Easter eggs red? You might be right. Partially. Because no matter what color Greeks dye Easter eggs, some hens decided to break with the tradition. The eggs they laid on Holy Tuesday are green. The hens of a farmer in Lefkakia, Nafplion, laid their green eggs …

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How to make an amazing Greek Orthodox Palm Cross VIDEO

Have you ever seen the Palm Sunday Cross? Have you ever wondered how a palm cross is made, how the palm leaves are folded?  The video below shows a specific type of Palm Cross. Papa Giorgis from Zaro, in South Crete, show show easy it is to make this specific …

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Oenorama 2017 and Athens Wine Week: Wine tasting, dozens of events , Mar 11-19/2017

This is THE week for wine lovers in Athens. Oenorama 2017, the world’s largest exhibition of Greek wines, opens its doors in downtown Athens this weekend for three of wine tasting and pleasure. The wine exhibition is followed by the Athens Wine Week with dozens of events organized in the …

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Martis: The red and white bracelet to welcome spring

Childhood memories revived when I watched short live stream from Serres in Northern Greece this morning. Children in traditional dresses with a red pom pom on white headscarf were singing the Spring Carols. On their wrists all children wore Martis, the bracelet made of red and white string. The name …

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Tsiknopempti: The day Greece is covered with smoke

“I had no idea about the tradition until a neighbor pressed two sausages in my hands once and told me to fry them because it was good.” Nadia is a 45-year-old woman from Albania who lives in our neighborhood for the last twelve years. Although she is a Christian by …

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