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Christmas carols (Kalanta)Happy religious songs, usually sung at Christmas. Christmas carols is a beloved, widespread custom among children all over Greece. Traditionally children are caroling on 3 different days during Christmas holidays. On December the 24th for Christmas, December the 31st for the New Year and January 5th for Epiphany. Children walk along the city’s streets beating small metallic triangles, entering in stores or knocking on people's doors, asking if they are allowed to sing the carols. Don’t be surprised…
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On Jan. 6th  during the Theofania (also Epiphany or Fota) celebration takes place across Greece while the Greek Orthodox Church performs the “Great Blessing of the Waters”. The ceremony is performed once on the eve of Epiphany in the church, and then again on the actual day outdoors with priests blessing large bodies of water, sea, rivers, lakes and of the vessels that ply them .In all Greek coastal cities and villages the priests bless the waters with the Holy…
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Are you interested in shopping? Here is a complete guide to Christmas opening hours of stores, in Athens.Enjoy Christmas lights and festive shop windows! Ermou street the major of Athens’ shopping districts is just 50 meters away from your “Athens flat” home. Even if you don’t intend to do any serious shopping it is worth to walk along, as there are a lot of events and happenings taking place especially near the old church of Kapnikarea. (500m, down to Ermou,…
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Music at the Acropolis Museum [ 23 & 30 December 2018 ] On Sunday 23 December, at 12 noon, the Acropolis Museum will host the ‘Chronos’ music ensemble of the Athens State Orchestra for a music concert at the Museum ground floor, including carols and traditional Christmas world renowned melodies.On Sunday 30 December, at 12 noon, the Acropolis Museum will host the well-known band The Swingin’ Cats for a New Year’s and swing music concert at the Museum ground floor.…
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Musical theatre [ 12 December 2018 – 27 January 2019 ] A musical in a new version by Jack Thorne with original music by Thodoris Economou The magic of Christmas comes to the Greek National Theatre as the Marika Kotopouli Stage at the Rex Theatre extends a festive embrace to the whole family. Share in all the joy and excitement of Yuletide in a thrilling musical version of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol by the dynamic young director Giannis Moschos,…
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Kalanda (Carols)

 

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