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Athenians welcome the New Year with spectacular fireworks show (picts, videos)

Thousands of Athenians flocked to Thiseio area in downtown to celebrate the New Year together with the Mayor of Athens and an rich entertainment program. Midnight sharp, the sky illuminated with numerous fireworks that offered a spectacular view to young and old. “Athens sends a message of hope to Greece …

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Happy New Year 2018 to all KTG Readers!

Happy New Year 2018 – Love, Wealth, Health. And May All Your Wishes Come True! Ευτυχισμένος Ο Καινούργιος Χρόνος! Χρόνια Πολλά!

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Kefalonia: Santa and Reindeer bring the Bride to the Church

A dream wedding over the festive days took place on the island of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea. It was Santa Claus himself who brought the bride to the Church, on his Greek sleight and a kind of bizarre huge reindeer. kefaloniapress.gr Santa had a red cape to keep the …

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Greece’s New Year tradition: Vasilopita and the secret of the Golden Coin

All over Greece, tables over the Christmas and New Year days are set with traditional food savory and sweet, mostly based on recipes going from generation to generation. There are regional preferences depending on local products and customs that one enjoys across the whole country. One of them is Vasilopita, …

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Broken arm of Baby Jesus found abandoned on a street

The broken arm of a Baby Jesus was found abandoned on the pavement of a street in the center of the town of Nafpaktos in West Greece, two days after it was forcefully removed. The creepy and damaged finding was spotted by a passerby who shot a picture and sent …

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Santa brings presents to the fish in CRETAquarium (video)

Santa does not bring presents only to humans. In Irakleio on the island of Crete, he entered the local aquarium and brought presents also to fish! Santa’s sleight is not being pulled by reindeer but by sea horses. You can meet diver Santa in CRETAquarium until 6th January 2018 – …

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In Parga, Santa came from the sea, in Preveza on horse (video)

Greek children are double blessed as Santa comes twice per year. One time on Christmas Day and on New Year’s Eve. The latter is the original Greek tradition, the first has been adopted in recent years. In Parga, West Greece, it was not one but several Santas who came paddling …

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Thessaloniki: Metro construction cranes shine in Christmas mood

The three large cranes at the construction sites of the metro in Thessaloniki were decorated with thousands of Christmas lights and were lit up in a ceremony on Friday. The cranes at the construction sites of the “Syntrivani”, “Agia Sofia” and “New Railway Station” were decorated in the spirit of …

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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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