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What we celebrate on March 25th?

Greeks celebrate the 25th March a double holiday: a historical and a religious one. The War of Independence against the Ottoman Turks which started in 1821. Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Annunciation by archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she should become the mother…

The Evil Eye or “Mati”

The concept of the evil eye is widespread in Mediterranean countries, with it’s roots in Ancient Greece. The idea is that the gaze of someone who harbors feelings of envy or jealousy can bring misfortune upon the one who is seen, the one who “gets…

Corfiot Carnival

Carnival in Corfu is special for many reasons one of which is the Venetian influence on the old town as you can see from the costumes on display!!!

“Kathari Deftera”

“Kathari Deftera,” Clean Monday in Greek, is considered to be one of the most important feasts all over Greece, each year commencing the 40-day period of the Great Lent for the Eastern Greek Orthodox Church, which is called “Sarakosti.” Sometimes it is called “Ash Monday,”…

Tsiknopempti or ” Smoke Thursday”

Tsiknopempti or ” Smoke Thursday” is the Thursday during Carnival with Ancient Greek origin, it takes place only in Greece and marks the beginning of the Greek Orthodox fasting period before Easter (lent). This day the observant Greek Orthodox Church members can “legally” eat meat…

Happy 1st March!

The 1st of March is the beginning of Spring in Greece, which means warmer days and a burning sun. The tradition wants that mothers braid bracelets for their children. These bracelets are called “martaki”or “the little March”. They are made of red and white twisted…