Remembering Alekos Fassianos, in his own words

2022-01-18T20:03:23+00:00Tags: , , |

Remembering Alekos Fassianos, in his own words Alekos Fassianos, one of Greece's most beloved contemporary painters, passed away on Sunday, at the age of 86. Ⓒ FASSIANOS ALEKOS He was born in 1935 in Athens, Greece, and studied music before moving on to painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts of the National Technical University of Athens – NTUA (1956-1960), where Yiannis Moralis was his primary mentor. In 1960, he was awarded a French government grant to study lithography at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris under A. Clairin and G. Dayez. Fassianos immediately acquired a highly distinctive style [...]

Why are there so many churches in Santorini?

2022-01-16T14:38:38+00:00Tags: , , , |

Why are there so many churches in Santorini? Greece's Orthodoxy Greek people's religion is an essential part of their culture. Only Greece, Cyprus, and Russia have such a large proportion of their people that are Orthodox. After Roman Catholics and Protestants, the Orthodox Church is the third biggest Christian denomination. The Greek Nation and the Orthodox Church During the Ottoman administration, from 1453 to 1821, the Orthodox faith was critical to the preservation and determination of Greek national identity. Throughout the many occupations, the Orthodox Church worked hard to maintain the Greek language, culture, customs, and the Orthodox religion. Some [...]

The myth of Alcyone and the Halcyon Days

2022-01-14T22:23:52+00:00Tags: , , |

Click here to read in English The myth of Alcyone and the Halcyon Days When are the Halcyon Days? In winter we see a few days with good weather. These are days with sun, no clouds and no wind. This was also noticed by the ancient Greeks. During this time they also observed that alkyones (kingfishers) give birth to their babies, which is why they gave their name to these days. The "Alkyonides/Halcyon days" last from the 15th of December until the 15th of February every year, and most often between 15-31 December and 16-31 January. The myth of [...]

Let’s talk about Christmas

2022-01-14T22:24:25+00:00Tags: , , , |

Ας μιλήσουμε για τα Χριστούγεννα στα ελληνικά – Let’s talk about Christmas in Greek! Οι γιορτές – The holidays Χριστούγεννα: 25 Δεκεμβρίου. Πάμε στην εκκλησία και γιορτάζουμε τη γέννηση του Χριστού. – Christmas: 25th of December. We go to the church and celebrate Christ’s birth. Πρωτοχρονιά: 1 Ιανουαρίου ή Πρώτη/ Μία Γενάρη. Κάνουμε ρεβεγιόν και καλωσορίζουμε τον νέο χρόνο. - New Year’s Day: January 1st. We celebrate with a feast and welcome the new year. Έθιμα και Παραδόσεις – Customs and traditions Την περίοδο των γιορτών – During the holidays: Στολίζουμε στα σπίτια μας δέντρο ή καραβάκι (το καραβάκι είναι [...]

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