Greece Local Customs

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Greece Local Customs

  • Food and Drink

    Crete Island Local Customs

    This tip is not about any one particular restaurant but a comment on our experience of several restaurants in the eastern end of Crete ( all in the Prefecture of Lasithi). All of these eating places were popular with the locals and/or Greeks and had very few, if any other, non-Greek tourists. We tried two in Piskachefalo and two in Monastiraki and...

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  • Byzantine Churches

    Thessaloniki Local Customs

    As Thessaloniki and nothern Greece in general became part of the modern Greek state just 92 years ago, its people have special ties to the Greek institutions that have been alive for over 1000 years - such as the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Costantinople (in Istanbul, Turkey). The Orthodox church of nothern Greece also has a loose connection to...

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  • People

    Crete Island Local Customs

    The evil eye is big in Crete, where I lived for four years, and possibly elsewhere in Greece. If you go into someone's home, don't look too enviously at their things and don't pass too many complements-they believe your jealously an bring them bad luck and will not invite you back. If you see gaudy coloured beads, don't be attracted to them,...

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  • Statues

    Thessaloniki Local Customs

    it's a miracle and a well kept secret among tourists, i.e. all tourists know about it, but the locals do not:) So, if you have a little wish... or a big one, you should touch the toe of Aristotelis thinking of it. And everything will come true!!! Personally I don't remember my wishes, but I remember I had a lot of them... that's why the toe of...

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  • Strange Things

    Crete Island Local Customs

    The story goes that the iron bars sticking out from the roof of many Greek houses are exemptions from taxpaying, as long as the house isn't yet finished but in fact they are exclusively there for the purpose of a later extension of the house. They have NOTHING to do with exemptions from taxpaying . (It's a good story though)! Unfinished buildings...

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  • X-MAS in Thessaloniki

    Thessaloniki Local Customs

    Christmas is a great time to visit Thessaloniki. Although there aren't so magical as in Germany or Austria, you will often see the town full of snow. The town is very beautifully decorated. There is of course a large Christmas Tree, but also a very beautiful ship [Christmas Trees are supposed to be a foreign tradition that came from the West, the...

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  • Little Shrines on the Road

    Crete Island Local Customs

    The miniature churches or shrines next to the roads are memorials for people killed in a car accident, at the same spot where the accident happened. The family of the deceased construct and maintain them . They contain a photo of the deceased, some religious objects and a lit candle or lamp.

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  • Strikes

    Thessaloniki Local Customs

    Strikes are popular in all of the greece, strikes of bus drivers (good for you if you are a student there, the schools are closed), of rug-collectors and of unic=versity secretaries, of post offices, of firemen and who else knows what other types of strikes. It is better to know before whatr strikes are going to be held there just to avoid some...

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  • Religion

    Crete Island Local Customs

    Crete became part of modern day Greece less than a hundred years ago, maintaining to a degree its cultural variety. There used to be a sizeable Muslim but Greek speaking minority in the island, now resettled in the aegean coast of Turkey, with great concentrations in and around Izmir. Todeys cretan population accepts the Orthodox dogma and reports...

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  • Fairs & Festivals

    Thessaloniki Local Customs

    Interational Film Festival of Thessaloniki. It's a must everyday, for as many films as you can handle each day and lasts for one week. Everybody you met the previous day will be there. Meaning every student and tourist there are. A lot of artists and actors are present also (well not the really famous ones; its Thessaloniki, not Holywood)

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  • Raki (tsikoudia)

    Crete Island Local Customs

    This is the famous local drink of Crete. It is produced in late October or early November and it is distilled from grape skins. It is transparent, very strong and in the summer it is served cold. Raki or tsikoudia is for Crete what ouzo is for the rest of Greece.

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  • Traditional Products

    Crete Island Local Customs

    A major draw to the Lasithi for the many buses of day trippers is to see the 'thousands of whiteclothed-sailed windmills' which irrigate the high plain ringed by mnountains. But there are apparently very few working windmills left. The Rough Guide to Greece says that the windmills that do still operate work only for limited periods, which...

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  • Music

    Crete Island Local Customs

    Lyra, Cretan traditional musical instrument. The one of the photo is totally a hand made one by Giorgos Tzagarakis; one of the best Lyra's artisan of Greece. Kissou Kampos Village. Prefecture of Rethymno. Crete.

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  • Children

    Crete Island Local Customs

    The Greek people love children, if you travel there with children, especially an angelic looking one who`s parents gave her a Greek name, little old ladies will stop you in the street to admire, kiss and pat on the cheek

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  • Flora and Fauna

    Crete Island Local Customs

    Platanos or Plane Tree, a tree that grows close to water. You can find it usually close to a river in gorges or in the central square of villages of Crete. It looks similar to the maple tree and it can grow very big. Huge trees can be seen at Krasi village, at Asi-Gonia village or at Vlatos village, where a sign "Monument of Nature" points to it.

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  • Every Beach Is A Topless Beach

    There are only certain beaches in Greece that permit full nudity, but there is no law against being topless. In Greece, it is legal for a woman to go topless on the beach, if she chooses. And I don't mean just lying on her stomach topless. I saw topless women on every beach I visited in Greece, even the one next to my hotel. They even sell post...

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  • Ouzo power to answer Greek crisis

    Is a must to drink some ouzo when you visit Greece. At the summer any square around the city has a kafeneion or mezedopoleion with plates of taste fishes and more of the local recipes. Drink wine beer or soft drinks, but i recomment Ouzo as a strong memory of our country. Enjoy! These are friends that take the time in a summer square. Real people...

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  • The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid

    This pyramid, representing a healthy, traditional Mediterranean diet, is based on the dietary traditions of Crete, much of the rest of Greece and southern Italy, structured in light of current nutrition research.

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  • Traditional Fishing

    On most of the Greek islands, it is still possible to observe some of the old ways of Greek life, especially traditional fishing as it has been done for centuries. In the evening, traditional wooden fishing boats pull into harbor to unload their catch, and fishermen sit along the waterfront mending their nets after a day's fishing.Unfortunately,...

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  • Local drinks

    Ouzo, commonly of aniseed flavour (although variations are available like mint, hazelnut) is an excellent appetiser, mixed with water it turns milky, and that's how you drink it. Best had in a local ouzeri, as a quart before your snack/meal.Retsina is wine made from resin of pine trees, also popular, especially with seafood.Tsipuro is made from...

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  • Halvas

    Halva is a very popular dessert, not only in Greece but around Balkan region and middle East. Although there are different types of it. It also called “halvas” in Greece, “helva” in Turkey, probably because of the Arabian word halwa that means sweet.In greece we have two completely different types of halva, the semolina-based halva which is...

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  • Mid Morning Business Meeting

    To those of us who live in a less sunny climate, business meetings are always carried out indoors, maybe a pub, a hotel or a restaurant. We find it quite amusing to see Greek business men dressed in their suits carrying out business meetings at an outdoor taverna. Undoubtedly, these meetings become rather rowdy, the more the ouzo and wine is...

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  • Souvlaki

    Cubes of pork - as we would call on a kebab stick or skewer, alternately with chunks of vegetable - grilled - a very typical Greek dish that you see advertised pretty much everywhere.and actually rather tender and delicious!

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  • Signs in Greece/Greek/Greek English

    Interesting translations that in english would be sort of like 'a slip of the tongue' - like views of the sea around the backside....we understand what is meant but its quite humorous the ambiguous connotations that the colloquial slants could be taken as

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  • Dates of Easter Celebrations in Greece

    Greece being overwhelmingly a "Christian Orthodox" country, presents some particularities concerning the dates of Easter celebrations.Perspective visitors of Greece, kindly retain the following dates in your agenda for 2009:Catholic Easter: 12 April 2009Greek Orthodox Easter: 19 April 2009Please note: thanks to a special permission from the...

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  • let's go for a coffee...

    Greeks are addicted to coffee, that’s why you see so many cafes in every city. They like to go there and spend hours socializing, talking about sex, football and politics. Its almost impossible to see a greek to drink a coffee in a hurry. In the old days the greek/Turkish coffee was very popular, a typical coffee in Balkan countries, in middle east...

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  • Greek Easter

    This was part of my reply to a forum question re. Greek EasterI'd suggest heading for one of the islands. I spent 2 happy holidays during Greek Easter - once in the village of Plakka on Crete, where I stayed with a family, and joined in all of the celebrations. This included a parade around the village with the villagers carrying a flower strewn...

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  • Education in Greece

    The Greeks have always valued EDUCATION. Once Greece became independent of Turkish rule, elementary school for all children became the law. Today, Greek law says all children "must attend school from the ages of 6 to 15." Greek children start school at age 6. In state schools, education is free, but some children go to private school, especially if...

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  • Greek Families

    Before I visited GREECE, I knew a good deal about Greek Families and some of the traditions because many of the students that I taught were Greek. However, I learned so much more once I was finally in Greece; thus, I want to share some of this information.As an in American Greek families, "Family life" is very important to the people of Greece....

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  • Some Favorites in Greece

    Some of the favorite dishes in Greece are known practically everywhere in the world because they have "crossed oceans and leaped continents"!Moussaka is made up of layers of eggplant and ground meat baked in a tangy sauce.Dolmathes is rice and ground meat wrapped in vine [usually grape] leaves.Spanakopita is a spinach-and herb pie made with a...

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  • Eating Customs in Greece

    Greeks eat small meals during the day and eat a substantial meal for the late evening.BreakfastBreakfast is simple and may consist only of strong Greek coffee with a sesame-seed bagel [kolouri] or cheese pie [tiropita].LunchLunch is also light. They might have a cheese pie, spinance pie [spanakopita], fried cheese [saganaki], a souvlaki sandwich,...

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  • Greek Food Nourishes the Soul

    In Greek Mythology, it is told that Athena became patron goddess of Athens because she gave the people the olive tree. The olive tree is the symbol of peace and prosperity. For centuries, olives have been pressed into olive oil, and olive oil is still a staple of Greek cooking. Greeks use olive oil instead of butter; they also use it as the oil on...

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  • Arts & Crafts Play An Important Role in...

    Both knitting and embroidery are time-honored traditions in Greece. Because of the tourist industry, new markets have been provided for Greeks who work in the leather and pottery crafts.We discovered that some of the best examples of Greek crafts come from villagers where the skills are handed down from generation to generation. We saw elegant...

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  • New Greek Words...

    While in Greece I was introduced to these words:kafenion: a Greek coffeehouse. Sitting around the "kafenion" is a village tradition. The "kafenion used to be strictly MALE territory. Men gathered there for hours to talk about the latest news, about politics, & about their work. They usually lamented the changes taking place in the Greek society....

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  • Easter Tradition

    Easter is probably the most important holiday in Greece. It's especially important to the Greek Orthodox Christian religion.Each year on the Thursday before Easter Sunday, Greeks dye hard-boiled eggs red as an Easter tradition. It symbolizes the blood of Jesus Christ and his death on the cross.On Easter Sunday, Greek families place these red dyed...

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  • XENOS: Means Both "Stranger" and...

    I was so pleased with the friendliness of the Greek people. They are so gregarious, welcoming, and helpful. Greeks love to communicate. They get together with friends to chat, argue, gossip, and laugh. Their village squares are the gathering spots for families. The kids kick a soccer ball, and the parents sit on benches and chat. Sometimes, later...

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  • Rare Woman Guide With Such Longevity

    The picture is of our guide in Greece. Her name is Peggy, and she was an excellent guide. She was intelligent, assertive, and quite knowlegable in Greek Mythology.What was so remarkable about Peggy is that she had been a guide for 13 years, and that was in 1995. You say, "Big Deal"! Well, if what she says about Greece is true, then it is a big...

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  • Another Country, Another Strike

    For those of you who have read my Italy pages, you know that four times, I have been in the middle of a strike. Greece was no exception.We were driving on a main highway from Thessaloniki to Athens when our tour bus stopped behind a long line of traffic. The driver waited and waited and then he got out of the bus and found out that the road was...

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  • Those small shrines

    The miniature churches or shrines next to the roads are memorials for people killed in a car accident, at the same spot where the accident happened. The family of the deceased construct and maintain them . They contain a photo of the deceased, some religious objects and a lit candle or lamp.

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  • Appropriate Clothes in Monasteries

    Women must wear skirts below the knees though in some monasteries these are provided for women in shorts or slacks. Men's arms must be covered and they must wear long pants. Appropriate clothing is required to visit the monasteries. Sleeveless clothing and shorts are prohibited. Skirts and shawls are available at the entrance for those who are...

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  • Say Kalimera with a big smile.

    Learn how to say good morning, hello, help, good evening, and thank you in Greek. Those words and a great big smile will get you anywhere and what you want in Greece. Even in places where no one speaks a word of English, Spanish, or French. People in Greece are very friendly and helpful. I absolutely loved the people everywhere I traveled. From the...

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  • Movies with or about Greece

    Some movies with Greece insideJames Bond: For you eyes only (1981)Meteora and Corfu islandCaptain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)Kefalonia islandMunich (2005)AthensMamma Mia (2008)Skopelos island, Skiathos island, Damouchari - Pelion Mountain

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  • The white trees

    The fact that the trunks of the trees are often painted white (limewash) in Greece is primarily to fight the ants and other insects. And besides that it looks nice, too!

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  • numbers colours and countries

    In all the following, "e" is read as in "egg" and "th" is read as in "this". The emphasis in pronunciation falls on the syllable which is in underlined script ena = onethio = twotria = threetessera = fourpente = fiveeksi = sixepta or efta = sevenokto = eightennia = ninetheka = tenentheka = eleventhotheka = twelvetheka-tria = thirteentheka-tessera =...

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  • Gesture's

    Greeks are known as champion gesture users in the Mediterranean. Their hands, bodies and faces are rarely still and it sometimes seems possible to get the gist of a conversation by watching it from 50 meters away.Instead of shaking heads from side to side as we do, they have another indescribable way of saying "No". This is done by raising the...

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