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The Greek National Holiday of October 28th

In every country some days of the year are considered as “national anniversaries” because they remind everybody of important historical events. For most of the people, as well as for public services, these days are also “public holidays”.
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Hammam: an Oriental experience in Athens


Athens combines elements from classical antiquity, the Ottoman past and a modern city. Since it was under Ottoman occupation between 1458 and 1833, it also had public baths called hammams. When you come to Athens today, you can visit the Bath of the Winds or experience spa services at one of the modern hammams of the city.

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11 Greek Proverbs in 1 Song


Proverbs help you understand how Greeks think. The song we present you today is called “Proverbs”. It was written in 1987 by Melina Tanagri. It contains 11 well known Greek proverbs. By listening to Greek songs you not only enjoy the music but also learn a lot about Greek language and culture. So with this song, you will have “killed two birds with one stone” (m’ énan sbáro dyó trigónia), as Greeks say.
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Athens from above: 10 great rooftop bars

Have you ever had the chance to enjoy your drink at one of the many rooftop bars of Athens? You can find them in every neighborhood offering a spectacular view and special atmosphere. There are many buildings in Athens suitable to have a roof bar on top.
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The famous Loukoumi and Halvadopita of Syros Island

“Come on, buy the original loukoumi of Syros”: This is what white-dressed loukoumatzídes (=loukoumi sellers) usually shout when entering the ferry at the port of Syros with their big baskets in order to sell their products.

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Greek music: Stavros Xarchakos and Alkistis Protopsalti

Are you in love with Greek music? If so, then listening to songs composed by Stavros Xarchakos and songs performed by Alkistis Protopsalti should be added to your to-do list.

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Manos Eleftheriou: Greek author and songwriter

Manos Eleftheriou (1938-2018), a famous Greek writer of poems, short stories and songs, unfortunately died at the age of 80 on July 22, 2018. Since he was born and raised in Syros, our Omilo students often hear his name while attending a course on the island. During Greek courses they attend events at the cultural venue named after him, where various artists perform his songs.

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Wildfires in Greece: How to save your life in case of emergency

In Greece wildfires occur quite often and almost every summer. Most fires neither have many victims nor burn many houses down, but they unfortunately destroy natural habitats and affect animal life. Read more

The author Vassilis Alexakis is searching for the “First Word”

What was the first word you learned in Greek? Which word did you first pronounce as a baby? In his book Vassilis Alexakis searches for “the First Word” humans ever spoke.

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Happy Birthday in Greek

Do you have Greek friends? Would you like to know how to wish them a Happy Birthday in Greek? If you have been to Greece, most likely you have already heard the popular wish «Χρόνια πολλά».

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