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120-year-old Greek Orthodox icon from Rhodes on US Tour

A 120-year-old Orthodox icon has just made the over 5,000-mile journey from Rhodes, Greece to the Baltimore area. “It’s the first time that this icon has ever left the village,” said Father Zacharias Mavroudis. This religious icon is that of Saint Paraskevi, a saint many Greek Orthodox pray to. Some …

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Gopa Project: City of Athens trains smokers to not throw butts on streets

Have you seen the big yellow ashtrays in the streets of Athens? The pilot program “Gopa Project” has been operating for about a month, with the primary aim of “training” Athenian smokers in a better attitude towards the public spaces and reduce litter in the city. The yellow ashtrays have …

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Pilgrims get blessing pressing theirs bodies through a miracle hole

Hundreds of pilgrims flocked to the chapel of Saints Andrianos and Natalia by Naplio to get a blessing from a holy hole. Pilgrims press their bodies through a small hole under the icon of Virgin Mary. According to the faithful, even if the hole is small the miracle hole allows …

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Dormition of Virgin Mary: Panagia Pilgrimages in Greece on 15. August

Bells have been ringing cheerfully this Thursday morning and the faithful have been flocking to the churches and chapels dedicated to the Virgin Mary on the day that is considered as the “Easter of the Summer.” The Dormition of Panagia to Heaven or simply Dekapentaygoustos – 15. August – is …

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Heidi Klum gets married on Onassis’ legendary yacht “Christina O”

Famous fashion model Heidi Klum and Tokio Hotel guitarist, Tom Kaulitz got married for a second time in an amazing ceremony on the legendary yacht, “Christina O.” that once belonged to Greek billionaire and shipowner Aristotle Onassis. Surrounded by Heidi’s four children, relatives and friends, the couple said their vows …

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Happy May and Labor Day!

May Day is for some fields of flowers and celebration of the spring, while for others is the occasion to commemorate the workers who lost their lives while struggling for for labor rights. And for others like those suffering from pollen allergy the day is simply a nightmare. Nevertheless: Happy …

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Happy Greek Orthodox Easter 2019!

Happy Greek orthodox Easter to all KTG readers! And as my grandma used to say: May the blessing of the Holy Light make out of you a decent human being.

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Holy Fire 2019: The Miracle descends on Greek Orthodox Easter (video)

In an atmosphere of religious devoutness and magnificence, the Holy Fire marking Jesus Resurrection appeared again in the Church of Holy Supulchre in Jerusalem on Great Saturday. Thousands of people had gathered in the church to get the Holy Fire directly from the hands of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of …

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Nafpaktos: They celebrate Good Friday with fireworks (video)

An impressive custom revives every year in Nafpaktos on Good Friday. Thousands of believers follow the procession of two Epithaphs and arrive at the “flaming” harbor. The fishermen of the area arrive by the sea transporting the religious symbols on a boat. The custom has its roots in the time …

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Greek Easter Wishes in … Morse Code!

Did you always want to know how Greek Easter wishes could be translated in the Morse code? Captain Morgan has the solution. In a post on twitter he sent his Easter wishes in Morse Code. Σε ολους σας κ με την γλώσσα του Μορς στέλνω τις ευχές μου.Η μετάφραση σ …

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Good Friday Epitaphios: Pieces of art with 100,000 pearls

Good Friday is the day of mourning for Orthodox Christians as the Passion Week reaches its peak. Highlight of the day is the Epitaphios procession with the icon of the body of Jesus inside. Typically the icon is a large, embroidered and rich adorned cloth. It is placed inside the …

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Souvlaki saved! Competition Commission stops price increase

The Greek souvlaki is saved. Greece’s Competition Commission has reportedly intervene in order to stop the price increases that were apparently due as of May 1, 2019. Responding to press reports that Greeks’ favorite fast food, the Souvlaki, will be sold at 3 euros from €2.2 currently, the Competition Commission …

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The “Partridges” of Kozani: The amazing embroidered Easter Eggs (pictures)

They call them πέρδικες, Easter “Partridges.” They are are amazing Easter eggs, embroidered eggs, unique pieces of art the women in Grevena and Kozani prepare each and every Easter. The traditional technique uses bee wax, threads and dyes. The eggs are painted with melted bee wax and then died red. A …

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First private Crematorium in Attica expected to go in operation in autumn

The first private crematorium in Greece has received a license and it looks as if it will go in operation before the public ones. The private facility is located in Ritsona in North-East Attica, near Halkida. It is expected to go in operation in upcoming autumn. According to daily ethnos, …

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Irini Tzortzoglou wins UK MasterChef 2019 Trophy, stuns judges with Greek food

Irini Tzortzoglou from Greece was crowned UK’s MasterChef on Friday night. In an dramatic all-female finale, the retired banker impressed the judge with a menu inspired from her childhood on the island of Crete and the Greek heritage. Irini’s 3-course menu included red mullet with a squid risotto,lamb chops with …

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The Greek village where nobody smokes or can buy cigarettes (video)

In the land of smokers there is a village where nobody smokes, no shop sells cigarettes and ashtrays have disappeared long ago. Residents of village Skotino decided to cut this bad habit some forty years ago. Nobody in the picturesque village of Hersonissos Municipality by Heraklio can really remember how …

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Gavdos: How to hold a National Day Parade when not enough children (video)

Greek tradition wants school children to hold parades on the eve of the national and religious holiday on 25. March. While in Athens and other big cities, a lottery decides who is to parade and who remains out due to the high number of pupils, in some remote Greek areas …

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