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EU Calls on Turkey to Protect Ethnic Rights of Greek Minority

EU Calls on Turkey to Protect Ethnic Rights of Greek Minority Closeup of traditional wooden Istanbul Greek style homes with cumbalar/τζούμπες, enclosed rectangular balconies. Credit: Greek Reporter/Matthew John Hadodo Turkey should protect the human rights and property rights of its Greek minority, European Union Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore said at the 77th […]

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Majestic, Traditional Greek 18th Century Mansion Restored in Thessaly

Majestic, Traditional Greek 18th Century Mansion Restored in Thessaly Majestic, Traditional Greek 18th Century Mansion Restored in Thessaly. Credit: Facebook / Diachronic Museum of Larissa Exquisite artisanal decorations adorning the traditional Greek eighteenth century Schwartz Mansion in Ampelakia in Central Greece, one of the greatest mansions in the country, are restored to their former glory. […]

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The Sweet History of the Oldest Bougatsa Shop in Chania, Crete

The Sweet History of the Oldest Bougatsa Shop in Chania, Crete Traditional Bougatsa from Iordanis, ιn Chania. Credit: Gabi Ancarola A substantial part of Greek culture is made up of culinary traditions from traditions passed down from one generation to the next. One such culinary landmark is the delicious pastry called bougatsa. A historic shop […]

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Traditional Cyprus pasta gets protected geographical recognition status

Traditional Cyprus pasta gets protected geographical recognition status The European Commission on Friday approved the registration of a traditional handmade pasta, “Makaronia tis Smilas/ /Makaronia tou Sklinitziou,” as the latest product with protected geographical indication (PGI) from Cyprus. “The characteristics of the product are the result of the local know-how and the experience of their […]

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Three Dead at Spanish Bull Run in Valencia

Three Dead at Spanish Bull Run in Valencia Three people died during the traditional Spanish bull run in Valencia Credit: Camilo Rueda López CC2 / Flickr Three people who had all taken part in the traditional Spanish bull run festival in Valencia died in a period of 24 hours from wounds suffered during the event. […]

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Greece’s traditional kiosks fading away

Greece’s traditional kiosks fading away A kiosk on downtown Athens’ Stadiou Street in 1960. The economic crisis, the pandemic and new consumer habits have all conspired in the decline of the number of kiosks, once an intrinsic feature of life for Greeks. Indicatively, of the 9,904 kiosks across Greece in 2010 just 4,985 remain today. […]

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Traditional Fava Festival on Schinoussa Unites Generations

Traditional Fava Festival on Schinoussa Unites Generations The dance shared between a Greek grandfather and his granddaughter at the fava festival on the Greek island of Schinoussa went viral in Greece. Credit: Screenshot/ Youtube The ninth-annual Fava Festival on the island of Schinoussa unites people–locals and visitors, neighbors and friends, and even generations. The Festival […]

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The Last Traditional Mailman of Amorgos, Greece

The Last Traditional Mailman of Amorgos, Greece Nikolaos Rokos was the last traditional mailman on the Greek island of Amorgos. Credit: Dimitris Theologitis Nikolaos Rokos, the last traditional mailman on the island of Amorgos, Greece, retired in June after 36 years of walking up and down the steep alleys of Chora, the capital of the […]

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The Ancient Greek Origins of Traditional Greek Dances

The Ancient Greek Origins of Traditional Greek Dances Dancers whirling through their steps at the Charleston Greek Festival. Credit: Facebook/Charleston Greek Festival Greece is home to countless traditional Greek dances, many of which have direct connections to ancient Greek forms of rhythmic movement. In ancient Greece, dance was an integral part of many aspects of […]

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Ancient Greek Medicine Comes Back to Life

Ancient Greek Medicine Comes Back to Life Hippocrates is the father of traditional Ancient Greek medicine. Credit: Raed Mansour/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0 Greeks take their traditions, including those related to food, holidays, spirits, dances, and arts, which have persisted for thousands of years, very seriously. Those cultural practices which have helped them in the healing […]

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Koxlioi: The Traditional Escargot Dish of Crete

Koxlioi: The Traditional Escargot Dish of Crete The traditional dish of koxlioi, or snails, served at Kritamon. Credit: Greek Reporter. “Koxlioi,” or snails, are a traditional Cretan dish that Chef Dimitris Mavrakis of a restaurant called Kritamon has chosen to explore and reimagine over the course of his career. His well-known and  well-regarded restaurant is […]

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What Did India Learn from the Ancient Greeks?

What Did India Learn from the Ancient Greeks? A woman from India in traditional clothing. Ancient Greece and India interacted in antiquity. Credit:Amitsah8888 /Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0 The interaction of the two great ancient civilizations of Greece and India, which began with the invasion of Alexander the Great in 326 BC and lasted for more […]

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Traditional Easter to be costly

Traditional Easter to be costly Greeks are this time around – following two years of Covid restrictions – allowed to celebrate Easter however they wish, with dreaming of heading for the countryside, but can they afford it, given the increased cost of food and transport? Price hikes in many commodities, including essential goods for the […]

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Greek President attends lunch at Didimoticho

Greek President attends lunch at Didimoticho A traditional lunch was hosted in honor of Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou at Didimoticho, on Greece’s north-eastern borders with Turkey, by the town’s Mayor Romilos Chatzigiannoglou on Thursday. The lunch was held at the courtyard of the church of Agios Athanassios and was attended by representatives of regional authorities […]

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Tsoureki: The Traditional Sweet Bread of Greek Easter

Tsoureki: The Traditional Sweet Bread of Greek Easter The tsoureki symbolizes the Resurrection of Christ and rebirth in general Tsoureki (τσουρέκι in Greek) is the traditional sweet yeast bread Greeks make every year on Holy Thursday, and eat on Easter Sunday. Early in the morning on Holy Thursday throughout Greece, women start kneading the dough […]

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Traditional Easter lunch to cost 9% more in Greece this year

Traditional Easter lunch to cost 9% more in Greece this year The average household “basket” for the Greek Orthodox Easter feast on Sunday, April 24, will cost 45.34 euros, or 9% more than in 2021, for two people shopping from one of the country’s major supermarket chains  – and this does not include the cost […]

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Traditional Greek Easter Featured In Nostalgic 1960s “Tin Tin” Film

Traditional Greek Easter Featured In Nostalgic 1960s “Tin Tin” Film Tin Tin and Milou enjoying their Greek Easter lamb in a Greek village. Credit: Screenshot from YouTube/Deniz Asad Sixty years ago, the French comic book hero Tin Tin, beloved by children around the world, celebrated Greek Easter alongside famous Greek actors. He visited Greece in […]

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The Delian light shines at Expo 2020 in Dubai

The Delian light shines at Expo 2020 in Dubai A woman wearing a traditional abaya is watching the video intently. She snaps pictures with her cellphone at the moment where the Lions of Delos, gleaming in the Cyclades sun, appear on the screen. We were at the Greek Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai just […]

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The Greek Tradition of Eating Hake on March 25th

The Greek Tradition of Eating Hake on March 25th Hake and skordalia is the traditional dish for March 25. Greeks eat hake and skordalia on March 25th, the most important national holiday for Greece. The day coincides with the feast of the Annunciation (Evangelismos) of the Virgin Mary, a day on which, traditionally, Greeks eat […]

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Greece marks Independence Day

Greece marks Independence Day A woman with her sons, dressing in traditional costumes, walks next to army tanks before the military parade commemorating Greek Independence Day in Athens, Friday. The national holiday on March 25 marks the start of Greece’s 1821 war of independence against the 400-year Ottoman rule. Greece signed agreements Thursday with France […]

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History of the Greeks in Ukraine: Staying Silent We Betray Our Heritage

History of the Greeks in Ukraine: Staying Silent We Betray Our Heritage Ukrainian-Greek children in traditional Greek dresses in the 2021 Mariupol Greek festival. Credit: Bella Terzi / Facebook The history of the Greeks’ presence on the northern shore of the Black Sea, what is now Ukraine and Russia, goes back millennia, even before the […]

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Traditional Cypriot handicraft workshops for visitors

Traditional Cypriot handicraft workshops for visitors Cyprus’ Deputy Ministry of Tourism has announced a plan to offer people the opportunity to participate in workshops teaching traditional arts and crafts that are part of the country’s intangible cultural heritage. Visitors can participate in about 3,000 handicraft and culinary workshops, which are taking place in various villages […]

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Clean Monday in Greece: Everything You Need to Know

Clean Monday in Greece: Everything You Need to Know A traditional Clean Monday spread. Credit: Jim Makos/ CC BY-ND 2.0 “Kathara Deftera,” Greek for “Clean Monday,” is considered one of the most important annual feasts in Greece, commencing the 40-day period of Great Lent, or “Sarakosti,” for the Greek Orthodox Church. The feast begins on the first […]

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The Lost Art of Traditional Basket Weaving in Greece

The Lost Art of Traditional Basket Weaving in Greece Traditional basket weaver in Greece. Facebook/TheRoundButton The traditional handicrafts and folk arts of Greece were initially born out of necessity, yet they are also objects of remarkable beauty. One of the oldest crafts from antiquity that is still appreciated today is basket weaving. Once used by […]

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September Heralds Grape Harvesting Time in Greece

September Heralds Grape Harvesting Time in Greece Traditional grape harvesting in Greece. Credit: Greek Reporter Grape harvesting in September is one of the oldest and most beloved traditions in the Greek countryside. Family, neighbors and friends all get together to harvest the precious bunches of green and purple pearls which will be pressed to make […]

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Amorgos traditional character threatened by loophole

Amorgos traditional character threatened by loophole A legal loophole could allow for the construction of multistory buildings on Amorgos, despite the special protection status already in place, according to the findings of the Central Council of Urban Planning Issues and Disputes and the Shipping and Island Policy Ministry’s Department of Traditional Housing. The current regulation […]

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The Sweet History of the Oldest Bougatsa Shop in Chania

The Sweet History of the Oldest Bougatsa Shop in Chania Traditional Bougatsa from Iordanis,  in Chania. Credit: Gabi Ancarola A substantial part of Greek culture is made up of the culinary traditions from the traditions passed down from one generation to the next. One such culinary landmark is the delicious pastry called bougatsa. A historic […]

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Greek traditional wooden boat builders a dwindling craft

Greek traditional wooden boat builders a dwindling craft DRAKAIOI – On the forested slopes of an island mountain, early morning mist swirling around its peak, the unmistakable form of a traditional Greek wooden boat emerges: a caique, or kaiki, the likes of which has sailed these seas for hundreds of years. Each beam of wood, […]

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Visit Traditional, Unspoiled Islands in Greece

Visit Traditional, Unspoiled Islands in Greece A cruise in the port of Kastellorizo. Credit: markbradleygregory/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Want to experience the authentic spirit of Greece and the Greek people? When you are looking for the perfect place to vacation in Greece, consider some of the charming and less traveled islands that offer unique experiences for […]

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Pentozali, the Gravity-Defying Traditional Dance of Crete

Pentozali, the Gravity-Defying Traditional Dance of Crete Pentozali, a traditional dance from Crete. Credit: Screenshot from Youtube Pentozali, or Pentozalis, is a gravity-bending traditional dance from the Greek island of Crete, where traditional ways of life still hold strong in many areas of the island. There are many traditions that characterize the different regions of […]

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