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Lazaretta, the former quarantine of Syros island

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?

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?
Read here the most important things you should know to celebrate Greek Easter in Greece!

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The traditional Greek mother and her daily language!

What does it mean to have a Greek mother or a Greek mother-in-law? In the video below you might get an idea 😊
(on the cup you see on the photo above, it writes:
When you say to your mother “I am going out”, she understands/hears:  “I am going to an orgy, with drinks, drugs and without a jacket!)

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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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Athens Today

Athens is a city where the combination of the rich history, the warm southern mentality and the struggle during the crisis, have shaped a place full of diversity, creativity, and character.
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5 amazing places where you can experience a special Greek Easter

Easter is the most important celebration in Greece with a lot of special traditions. We have written articles about “How do Greeks celebrate Easter” and “Food and Traditions during Greek Easter”. However, from region to region, traditions can be a bit different.
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The advents calendar for Greek Easter!

Kiria Sarakosti: the calendar counting down 7 weeks until Easter. It is not easy to translate the Greek “Kiria Sarakosti”, but we propose to call her “Lady-Lent” in English! It is an old tradition in Greece and a way to count the weeks from Clean Monday (the end of carnival) until Easter.
Click on the photo above to also see her 7 legs!
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Greek tradition: a bracelet for spring and the month of March!

The “Marti bracelet” or just “Marti” is an ancient custom for the beginning of Spring. It is believed it dates back to ancient Greece and it is known all over the Balkans.
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Greek Listening Exercise About A Greek Tradition

In the following video you will see teacher Konstantinos and three other Omilo members picnicking in the background. This video is taken in the Singrou Park of Maroussi (Nord Athens), at 600 meters from the Omilo school and was made for the Omilo Quiz about Greece. Konstantinos asks two questions. He also explains more about the “sarrakosti” traditions.
Listen to the video to practice your Greek listening skills. You can read the Greek text also below the video, as well as the English translation.

 

Βίντεο – Text
Γεια σας. Αυτή η ερώτηση έχει να κάνει με τις παραδόσεις της Ελλάδας. Ψάχνουμε το όνομα μιας συγκεκριμένης μέρας.
Αυτή η μέρα είναι η πρώτη μέρα της Σαρακοστής. Η Σαρακοστή είναι μία περίοδος 40 ημερών όπου νηστεύουμε, δηλαδή δεν τρώμε κρέας αλλά ούτε και γαλακτομικά προϊόντα. Αυτήν την ημέρα πηγαίνουμε στα πάρκα, στην φύση, κάνουμε πικ-νικ με πολύ συγκεκριμένα φαγητά και επίσης πετάμε αυτό εδώ.
Έχω 2 ερωτήσεις για σας:
– Πώς λέγεται αυτή η μέρα;
– Πώς λέμε αυτό εδώ που πετάμε ψηλά στον ουρανό;

Translation of what Konstantinos says.
Hello. This question is related to Greek traditions. We are looking for the name of a particular holiday.
This is the first day of “Sarakosti”. “Sarakosti” is a 40-day period during which we fast, in other words, a period we do not eat meat or dairy products. On this day we go to the parks, in the nature, we organize picnics with very specific foods, and we also fly this “thing” you see here.
I have 2 questions for you:
– What is the name of this particular day?
– What is the name of “this thing” that we fly high up in the sky?

 

Can you answer the questions?
You can find the answers below or in the following article : https://www.omilo.com/kathara-deftera-clean-monday/

PS. After this day, we start counting 40 days till Easter, and the period is called “sarakosti”
Click here for more info more info: https://www.omilo.com/advents-calendar-greek-easter/

Answers:
1. Καθαρά Δευτέρα (Kathara Devtera) – Clean Monday
2. Ο χαρταετός (chartaetos) – the kite

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Carnival in Greece – a lively tradition

The aim of Carnival is to encourage all citizens, and visitors, to be a part of a lively, fun-filled celebration, which takes place in many venues, squares, streets and schools of villages, towns or city neighborhoods. In Greece, Carnival is a big winter celebration, during which Greeks really enjoy themselves, organize many parties and eat a lot of meat!

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