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the 25th March

is a double celebration in Greece, a historical and religious one. Historically it marks the Independence of Greece, the war that began in 1821 was over in 1832 when Greece gained it’s independence, up until then it was under Ottoman … Continue reading

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Neroladia

a festival of wine, food and dance will be celebrated this evening in Gaios square from 9pm.

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Apokreis

literally meaning ‘saying good-bye to meat’ are the 3 weeks leading to the start of lent. The first week being the opening of the book of the Triodion, the 3 holy sacraments, the second week is officially the last week of … Continue reading

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such a beautiful start to the month

Kalo mena everyone

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A lesson in Spanakopita making

was how I spent a sunny Monday morning and who better to learn from than local friends. Chrisanthi and family ran a taverna in Loggos for many years where she cooked home-made local dishes, the perfect teacher. A keen cook … Continue reading

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The second biggest religious holiday

takes place this weekend, the day of the Panagia (Virgin Mary) takes place on Saturday 15th. You can visit the Panagia island both this evening and tomorrow. This evening the boats leave from the main square in Gaios from 6.30pm … Continue reading

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Protomagia

is the name given to today’s celebration, the festival of flowers, it is a celebration of spring and nature. It is customary to decorate the door of your home with flower wreaths believed to welcome the power of nature into your … Continue reading

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Easter celebrations

are upon us, the lights are up in the villages and the paths are being cleared ready for the various processions that will be taking place over the next few days. On Friday the boat will leave from in front … Continue reading

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the 25th March

marks a double celebration in Greece, as Orthodox Christians they celebrate the Annunciation and also Independence Day. Schools and business’ are closed. It is also the name day for those named Evan or Evangelia, meaning ‘good message’ as this was the … Continue reading

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The art of giving

there are numerous Greek traditions and superstitions and they never fail to make me smile. On returning from a trip to Istanbul I visited a friend with the gift of Narcissus oil, a rich strong fragrance. Overjoyed with the gift … Continue reading

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