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Monday the 19th of February 2018 is a national holiday thus a day of celebration.Clean or Ash Monday, “Kathari Deftera” in Greek, marks out the 40-day period of the Great Lent for the Eastern Greek Orthodox Church, which is called “Sarakosti.” Clean Monday puts an end to the preceding three week Carnival celebrations. Invites Orthodox Christians to leave the sinful attitudes associated with Carnival behind and prepare themselves for Easter. The tradition of Clean Monday in Greece involves food for…
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25th March. A National Holiday for the Greek Independence Day The 25th March is a major double National Holiday, a historical and a religious one. All schools, banks, all kind of shops and business as well as all public services come to a standstill. Greeks celebrate the War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire. The “Greek Revolution” was a successful war of independence waged by the Greek revolutionaries between 1821 and 1830. At the same time, Greek Orthodox Church celebrates…
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This is an ideal place to enjoy a day away from the busy center of Athens. If you carry your supplies you can enjoy a picnic at nature. Mount Ymettos is a long, narrow mountain of 20 km total length while its highest peak reaches 1,026 m.6.4 Km (4.0 miles) away from Syntagma square Highlights of the western part: - The Orthodox Monastery of Kessariani It is believed that the monastery was established in Byzantine times in ca. 1100 as…
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For all Christians Good Friday is the peak of the Passion Week. The day of absolute mourning and reverence for Christianity. The day that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at the Calvary, while the church bells ring in mourning from 12 noon. This year, 2018, Good Friday in on the 6th of April. In all Greek churches, no mater if it is in big cities, remote villages or whitewashed islands, the Passion of Christ is devotionally…
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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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The Jewish Museum is housed in a renovated neoclassical building of great architectural interest. Three of its four floors are divided into three consecutive levels, of unequal height. All the levels are arranged around a central octagonal shaft, which runs the height of the building, from the basement to the roof. Its glass dome allows natural light to flood through all the levels, while the Museum’s stairway winds around it in an anti-clockwise spiral from the bottom up. Following this…
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