The Zakynthos (Zante) Carnival 2014 promises to offer once again a lot of fun and joy from February 9, 2014 to March 2, 2014 as it includes fun making traditions of Zakynthos as well as various festivities.
Saint Valentine is not a recognized Saint by the Orthodox Church. So the Valentine’s Day is not an official holiday in Greece. This is a saint of the Catholic Church and because the commercial interests were mainly established as a commercial festival in Greece.
But Greece has its own saints of love. And not one, not two, but three of them! On February 13th we are celebrating the Aquila and Priscilla, two saints which are considered to be patrons of love. Indeed, in an effort of the Greek Orthodox to reach the youth of Greece, the late Archbishop Christodoulos had urged the Greeks to celebrate their love on the 13th of February.
The carnival in Greece has its roots since the ancient times and is inextricably linked with the adoration of god Dionysus, the most hilarious god of all. The English word “carnival“ derives from the Latin “carnem levare” or “carnis levamen”, which means having a break from eating meat. In Greek the word “carnival” has the same meaning and signifies the beginning of Lent. Dozens of local carnivals are being organized all over the country, which are presented below:
Greece and her islands are filled with undeniably romantic settings; lush blue waters, verdant plains and countryside, stark cliffs and mountains and gorgeous sun kissed beaches have lived through ages of romance and love. The Greek islands straddle the Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean seas, each having a distinct, yet still Greek, flavour. For centuries they have played host to couples looking for romantic hideaways from the world set in inspired and gorgeous surroundings. In the twentieth century, islands have featured in romantic dramas such as Captain Corelli’s Mandolin set on Kefalonia and the musical Mamma Mia set on Skopelos island.
January 31, 2014
On June 7-13, 2014, the splendid Aegean Sea of Greece will host the “Hippocrates Sailing Week”. An unforgettable experience of a sailing holiday for all, whether they know how to sail or not!