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Athens New Year celebration: Shameful racist rand against little girl

The celebrations in downtown Athens on the New Year’s Eve triggered a racist rand against a 10-year-old girl and the waving of Palestinian flags by the audience. Exciting little girl on stage during the countdown The feast was organized by the new major of Greek capital Haris Doukas (PASOK) and …

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Νew Year’s Eve event in downtown Athens

The City of Athens is getting ready for the New Year’s Eve with a countdown spectacle at Syntagma Square and parties in the neighborhood of Thiseio and the Varvakeio meat market. Meanwhile, a countdown party will be held in the neighborhood of Thiseio, at the foot of the Acropolis, featuring …

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Greece’s measures for Christmas: Free self-tests, no additional restrictions

Greece offers two free self-tests to all citizens over the Christmas and New Year holidays and abandons the idea of a “Rapid test for vaccinated in restaurants and closed entertainment facilities.” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Tuesday, that citizens with social security number (AMKA) will be eligible to two …

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Greece’s hoteliers oppose closure of restaurants on Christmas, New Year

Hoteliers in Greece reacted to the government decision to close their restaurants on Christmas Eve and Day as well as on New Year’s Eve and Day. “Hotel restaurants operate legally only to serve their guests and with specific, strict rules and conditions,” the Hellenic Hoteliers’ Federation said in an announcement …

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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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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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Greek PM Samaras New Year’s message: Things will only get better

Things will only get better: that’s the main message of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in his New Year’s address to the people. He outlined his government priorities for 2014 and tried to lift up the spirit of a tired, unhappy and austerity-hit society. Nice words like “primary surplus”,  end …

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Holiday spirit not strong enough to hinder 3 Greeks from commiting suicide

The holiday spirit in our debt-ridden and austerity-hit country was not strong enough to hinder three Greek men from putting end to their lives. On Saturday a 42-year-old actor hanged himself suicide in his parents’ home in Volos. Dimitris Vogiatzis was known to Greeks through his appearance in many television serials and theater performances. …

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From 2012 to 2013: a soft transition

It was a soft, quick transition from 2012 to 2013. It lasted less than a second, less than a breath. We turned the lights off and let the new year step in. Light returned and brought kisses and exchanges of wishes. Cutting of Vasilopita, the traditional New Year’s cake with the …

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