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28 October or Οχι Day 2019

October 28th is a national holiday in Greece. It is the day that commemorates the rejection by Greek Ioannis Metaxas of the ultimatum made by Italian Benito Mussolini on October 28, 1940. This day is known by Greeks around the world as ‘Oxi Day‘ (No Day). The day is celebrated not only in Greece but also in Cyprus and in Greek communities around the world. On 28 October, festivities and…

Greek Carnival

2019 Greek Carnival Dates Triodion: Sunday, February 17th Tsiknopempti: February 28th Tsiknopempti Weekend: Friday, March 1st – Sunday, March 3rd Cheesefare Thursday: March 7th Main Carnival Weekend:  Friday, March 8th-Sunday March 10th Clean Monday: March 11th Preparing for Lent Greek Carnival or Apokries is a family celebration with street parties, parades, and masquerades. Carnival ( from Latin: carne…

May 1 Celebration Family Picnic in Athens

In Greece, the most popular family day for a visit to the park is ‘Protomagia’or ‘1st of May’. May 1 is considered ‘Labor Day’ for the Greeks. Many Greek families will take their picnic lunches out to the countryside on this day. Flowers, branches, and garlands feature prominently in the merriment of May. Children are…

The 25 March holiday in Greece

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

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…

Christmas Things to do in Athens with Kids

things to do during Christmas in Athens with kids

Are you visiting Athens in December with your family or do you live in this city and need some inspiration for your Christmas family outing? Here are some of my favourite things to do in Athens during Christmas with kids. The Athens municipality activities Many kids activities can be found around Syntagma square (featured above…

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