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, is the land of Light and a country that you need to visit at least once in your life time!
Come to the birthplace of the Olympians: Zeus, Athena, Aphrodite but also the Atlanteans, of Heroes like Achilles, Theseus and Leonidas of Sparta.
Skiathos offers more than summer, sun, beaches and sea!
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!
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…
On Friday, 14th of October 2011 it started to drizzle. Over the next three days, the picturesque island of Spetses experienced more rainfall, than the whole of the year. Still, the unflappable locals came up to me saying “gouri”, “gouri”- the Greek expression for good luck! Lucky or not, over 800 athletes gathered, in spite of the rain to run the 25K & 5K routes, thus inaugurating the amazing journey of the Spetses mini Marathon phenomenon. Read more
When 8 years ago we bought our motorhome it was very difficult to imagine how drastically it would had changed the way we perceive the meaning of traveling. The keyword is obviously independence. Our new “home”, a magic turtle shell, allowed us to wander from place to place, living simply and frugally, enjoying places and making experiences that we could never have had traveling in the conventional way. Read more