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Tsiknopempti: The Greek tradition with grilled meat and heavy smoke

Sausages, pork, lamb and chicken chops, meats of all kind are thrown to the open fire, get roasted or grilled, while their smell and smoke fill the neighborhoods. It’s the traditional Tsiknopempti – Charred Thursday or Smoky Thursday- Greeks love to celebrate during the Carnival season and before the start …

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Palaiolithic cutting tools found on Lesvos

A remarkable number of large cutting tools from the Paleolithic Period were identified and handed over to the Ephorate of Antiquities of Lesvos by retired doctor and researcher Vassilis Koumarelas. Koumarelas handed over to authorities chisels, cutters, trihedrals, scrapers, pickaxes, blades, flakes, cores and products of their division, which he …

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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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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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