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The 25 March holiday in Greece

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…

Watch the Presidential Guard or Evzones in Athens

Watch the Presidential Guard or 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 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…

Winter in Greece

· The Alkyonides Days ·

Winter in Greece is always pleasant. Especially in Athens and central Greece, the winters are mild and sunny. There are cold and rainy days and sometimes there is snow. What is very special about winter in Greece are the beautiful sunny warm days early in the New Year. Alkyonides Nearly every year in the winter in…

The holiday season in Greece

· New Year Traditions ·

The holiday season in Greece

The holiday season in Greece is full of family traditions. In a previous post, we described what you can expect during your Christmas holidays in Greece with kids. But there is a lot more to look forward to, New Year has its own specific celebrations and customs. Agios Vassilis The holiday seasons in Greece brings Saint…

Christmas Holidays in Greece with kids

· Christmas Traditions ·

Christmas Holidays in Greece with kids

Christmas holidays in Greece with kids are beautiful. Not only because of the magic holiday spirit but also because of very specific Greek Christmas traditions that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Although I have been living in Greece for many years, Greek Christmas became extra special to me when I had my…

Red Easter eggs the easy way

· A recipe for family fun fast ·

Red Easter eggs the easy way

Real Simple There are plenty of recipes on the internet on how to dye your eggs red. You can use a commercial dye set that can be bought everywhere in Greece during the weeks before Easter (supermarkets, toy stores etc) or find it online. You can also use vegetables such as beets or red onions…

Kyra Sarakosti

Kyra Sarakosti

I first met her when my daughter brought her home from Kindergarten a couple of years ago. In her Greek class she had made a Kyra Sarakosti, translated Lady Lent. Traditionally Kyra Sarakosti is crafted on Clean Monday. (For carnival traditions and Clean Monday click here) Lady Lent has seven feet. They represent the seven weeks of Lent….

Celebrating Martis

· A fun tradition with ancient roots ·

Six years ago my daughter came home from nursery and showed me a red and white string bracelet. She told me that we could not take it off her wrist until the end of March. And we should then ‘hang it in our rose bush for the birds’. It was the first time that I…