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Greek Herbs And Spices


Being a natural product, herbs have been used since Ancient times in Greece. The variety of herbs and spices in the Greek countryside gave the Ancient Greeks the ingredients to flavor their food, as well as the possibility to cure people. This reflected in the famous quote of Hippocrates (c. 460 – c. 370 BC), physician and the father of medicine: “Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food”.
Click on the button above to read the text in Greek and listen to the Audio text for the correct pronunciation.
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Στο Παρά 5: Practice your Greek listening skills with a comedy series!

Watching TV can be a relaxing as well as fun way to practise your listening skills and learn new vocabulary. This is why we would like to introduce you to a popular Greek comedy series called Στο Παρά 5 (Sto Para Pente; =at five minutes to… which in Greek also means “in the nick of […]

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Summer cinema in Greece

Summer in Greece!  After the corona-months, definitely something to look forward to! Beautiful beaches, blue water, white houses and unforgettable sunsets spontaneously pop into your mind. Without a doubt, it is a very nice part of the Greek summer. But what if you don’t go to a Greek island or somewhere close to the sea? Is there anything to do in the cities? Of course, there are plenty of options! One of them is a romantic one: the summer cinema. 
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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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The city of Livadia and its myth

The ancient Greeks told stories about their gods, myths. Stories of Greek mythology are still told today and take place in various regions in Greece.
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Lazaretta, the former quarantine of Syros island

Who could imagine some weeks ago that the whole world would go to “lockdown” due to the Corona Covid-19 virus, and everybody traveling needs to be for a certain period in “quarantine”? All this belonged to history, most of us thought… or the younger generation probably never heard of it before…
So let’s see how the quarantine was organized
 on Syros island in a previous century.


Since 2005, during the summer months, Omilo is organizing its Greek Language and Culture courses on the island of Syros. The Omilo students usually fly to Athens or Mykonos, and from there travel by boat to Hermoupolis, the harbor of Syros island, and capital of all Cycladic islands.

When you are about to arrive and face the harbor, you have a magnificent view over the hills of Hermoupolis and Ano Syros.  When you look to the left, on the southern extremity of the port, you also see a stone building, which once was the island’s quarantine, the “Lazaretto”. Nowadays, the building is beautifully lit at night, so it is easy to spot.

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How do Greeks celebrate Easter? Easter Food And Traditions

Greek Orthodox Easter is probably the biggest celebration of the year for most Greeks, with a lot of special traditions and family gatherings.  So, how do Greeks celebrate Easter?

In this article you will read about the traditions that are followed in every region of Greece….this is, under normal circumstances.
Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, in 2020 we will all celebrate Easter on our balconies and gather “online”!
A new experience, which will be never forgotten!
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March 25th: A Greek National Celebration and Independence Day

From antiquity to today, Greece has lived through major historical events. The country was involved in many wars: Persian wars, the wars of Alexander the Great, etc. In modern Greek history, from 1821 till of today, two major wars Greece was involved in, were the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire and the 2nd World War. Every year, Greeks remember these historical events with the celebration of two national anniversaries on October 28th and March 25th. 

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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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Eugene Trivizas: the Greek storyteller for children of all ages

Eugene Trivizas is one of Greece’s leading writers for children. Although he studied law and specialises in criminology, he has published more than 120 children’s books and has become the most well-known and beloved Greek storyteller (or as we’d say in Greek, “paramithas”).

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