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Celebrating ΟΧΙ Day in Greece

What does Οχι Day mean? Greek: Επέτειος του οχι – The anniversary of ‘NO’ Οχι Day on October 28 commemorates the anniversary when former military general and Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas said no – ‘Οχι’ – to an ultimatum made by Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini to allow Italian forces to occupy strategic locations in…

The 25 March holiday in Greece

25 March is a double Greek National holiday celebration a historical and a religious event. It is called Greek Independence Day because it commemorates the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821 but also Annunciation day because it coincides with the Greek Orthodox Church’s celebration of The Annunciation. Finally, it is also the name day of everyone called…

The Presidential Guard

· See the Evzones in Athens ·

The Evzones in Athens are a must-see for your kids. And not only kids will be amazed. After living in Athens for so many years, the sight of these traditionally dressed soldiers is always exciting. A visit to the Greek capital is not complete without admiring these historical elite members of the Greek army. They have…

Lagana or Clean Monday Bread

Lagana The most important of all foodie traditions on Clean Monday is the Lagana bread. Bakers make this special flat oval-shaped bread only once per year for Clean Monday. They used to prepare this bread unleavened, thus without the yeast. However, leavened Lagana is nowadays more common. Sesame seeds are the most common topping on Lagana and often fresh or dried…

Carnival in Greece

Preparing for Lent Greek Carnival or ‘Apokries’ is a true family celebration with street parties, parades, and masquerades. Carnival ( from Latin: ‘carne’ and ‘vale’ =  ‘goodbye to meat’) marks the days before the fasting begins. The word Apokries in Greek comes from the words apochi and kreas (abstinence + meat) so, it means avoiding meat.  The Greek…