Greek Saint Valentine

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valentineGR Greek Saint Valentine

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.

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Carnival! The opportunity to have fun!

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karnavali Carnival! The opportunity to have fun!

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 wordcarnival 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:

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Romance of the Greek Islands and their foods

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Santorini 11 Romance of the Greek Islands and their foods

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.

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The Sound of History

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1 The art of music The Sound of History

As a craftsman I recognize two kinds of music; One is created by the pull of a guitar string, tapping a piano key or blowing a flute. The other -however- can be found in workshops of various trades when the craft’s tools sing under the artisan’s hand. These are intertwined with the desires and needs of mankind and one must immerse in both to truly understand a culture…

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