The 25th of March is one of the most important national holidays in Greece for two completely different reasons, one religious and one political. If you want to know what this date means to the Greeks, keep reading as we take you on a journey through Greek history!.
Carnival is a festive season people either love or hate. While it makes some people excited, eager to dress up and go silly with their friends, it also irritates others that find no sense in dressing up. In our country, there are several local customs which remain to exist throughout the centuries, despite being somewhat forgotten by younger generations. Even if you are one of those who dislike being silly, you should not miss the opportunity to visit a small town in Greece to enjoy the most popular Greek carnival fest. You can immerse yourself into the Greek carnival traditions through modern carnival parades, in Renti or Moschato of Athens, Patra, Rethymno or Ksanthi.
According to Greek mythology, the city of Athens owes its name to goddess Athena. The story regarding the name of Greece's capital, like many Greek myths, is one of intrigue and grandeur and it begins the way all great tales do...
It is generally known that the Greek language is as difficult as it is fascinating In Greek, we use a variety of words which cannot be adequately translated to other languages, as they describe complex feelings, virtues or situations. Two of our favorite are the words 'filotimo' and 'charmolipi'.
Just like in every language, in Greek, we have thousands of idioms. Some of them are a bit naughty, some of them are wise, but all of them sound absolutely absurd to a non-native speaker. Therefore, if you hear a Greek telling you to “go and cut your neck”, don't be alarmed as this Greek idiom simply translates to “I don't care, do everything necessary about a situation, but do it now”.
The ancient Greek world was a blend of wisdom, science, and achievements. We often feel amazed by the simplicity of some powerful quotes we read by men that lived up to 2.000 years ago, that serve even to this day, as significant lessons about life. Let's present to you three of these quotes that represent great values of the ancient Greeks; their timelessness is impressive, as these virtues are still vital now more than ever.