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Greek 20th-century art : Yiannis Moralis, RETROSPECTIVE at the Benaki Museum

Do you like modern and contemporary art? Then for sure Athens is the place to be. There are many options to see modern art in Athens, but for now we suggest to visit the Retrospective of Greek Artist Yannis Moralis, at the Benaki Museum in Athens, till February 10th 2019.

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The Celebration of Epiphany (of Lights)- Greek National Holiday

On January 6th, the Greek people celebrate “Ta phota” or “Theofania” or “Epiphania”, which stands for the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan River. It is a very important Greek celebration and it is the last one of the 12-day celebration period, which starts on Christmas.
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The Vasilopita-The Greek New Year cake

In Greece, there is a nice tradition of baking the “vasilopita”, a special cake for the New Year, to start things off right! When cutting the cake into slices on New Year’s Day, Greeks will name each slice as they cut it, after everyone in the family and friends. Usually also a coin is hidden in the bottom of the cake. Whoever is lucky enough to get the coin in their slice is considered especially blessed in the coming year! So maybe a nice Greek tradition to also try it with your family and friends back home?

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The pomegranate brings good luck for the New Year

On the first day of the New Year, in many Greek homes,  the new year is welcomed by opening a pomegranate for good luck. It is also common  to receive  a pomegranate (‘ρόδι’, made of metal, glass or other materials) as a gift,  to bring good luck ( ‘γούρι”) for the new year.
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Kourabiedes – Greek Christmas cookies – a recipe

It is nearly Christmas and preparations have begun. We decorate our house, and we buy or make sweets. In Greece, there are two kinds of cookies you can buy or taste all over Greece, during the Christmas Holiday season: melomacarona and kourabiedes. Maybe you would like to bake those delicious cookies yourself? Below you will find our recipe.

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Greek Christmas Traditions

Here below you will find information about some Christmas traditions in Greece. As a listening exercise you can click on the button above, where you will find the text in Greek while listening to teacher Konstantinos reading the text for you. 
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Greek traditional Christmas boat

Do you prefer a Christmas tree or a Christmas boat?
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A Greek December Month

When we talk about December, we think of winter and celebrations. And also in Greece, winter “really” means winter and celebrating!
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A Greek Christmas Carol

Would you like to sing a Greek Christmas carol? Let’s first do a small Greek listening exercise!
Listen to the Carol and fill out the missing words in the exercise!
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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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