In Greece, on December 31st,  children will ring your doorbell and sing the New Year Carol. (unfortunately, this year, due to « corona » and a lockdown in Greece,  children will not be allowed to sing.)

Of course, you can hear this New Year song also on the radio, and actually, you can sing it yourself… A song to say good bey to the “old year” and welcome the “new year”!

Although there are many variations and different songs, there is one song you will hear all over Greece
Listen to the video, and read the text in Greek and English. Enjoy

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Would you like to listen to a Greek Christmas carol, or sing along?
On December 24th, if you are in Greece, do not be surprised when children ring your doorbell early in the morning! Τhe children go from house to house singing about the birth of Jesus Christ, holding their small metal triangles.  Open them the door; it is believed to bring good luck into your home. And do not forget to give them some coins!

Θα θέλατε να ακούσετε τα ελληνικά χριστουγεννιάτικα κάλαντα ή να τα τραγουδήσετε κι εσείς μαζί; Στις 24 Δεκεμβρίου, αν είστε στην Ελλάδα, μην ξαφνιαστείτε όταν νωρίς το πρωί τα παιδιά χτυπήσουν το κουδούνι της πόρτας σας! Τα παιδιά πηγαίνουν από σπίτι σε σπίτι και τραγουδάνε για τη γέννηση του Ιησού Χριστού, κρατώντας τα μικρά μεταλλικά τους τρίγωνα. Ανοίξτε τους την πόρτα. Θεωρείται πως φέρνουν τύχη στο σπίτι. Και μην ξεχάσετε να τους δώσετε μερικά κέρματα! 

However, due to covid 19 and lockdown in December 2020, we are not sure if children are allowed to sing on Christmas Eve…

Παρόλα αυτά, λόγω του κορονοϊού και του γενικού ’’lockdown’’ τον Δεκέμβριο του 2020, δεν είμαστε σίγουροι αν θα επιτραπεί στα παιδιά να τραγουδήσουν την παραμονή των Χριστουγέννων…

Therefore, Omilo teacher Eva, will sing it for you, so you can listen to it as many times as you want 🙂
Before you sing along with Eva,  let’s do a small Greek listening exercise first!

Listen to the song on the video, and fill out the missing words in the exercise, which you can find under the video!

Γι’ αυτό, η δασκάλα του Omilo η Εύα, θα τραγουδήσει για εσάς ώστε να μπορέσετε να ακούσετε τα κάλαντα όσες φορές θέλετε!  Μπορείτε να τραγουδήσετε μαζί με την Εύα αλλά ας κάνουμε μία μικρή ακουστική άσκηση πρώτα! 
Ακούστε το τραγούδι στο βίντεο και συμπληρώστε τις λέξεις που λείπουν στην άσκηση που βρίσκεται κάτω από το βίντεο!

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It is nearly Christmas and preparations have begun. We decorate our house, and we buy or make sweets. During the Christmas Holiday Season, there are two kinds of cookies you can buy or taste all over Greece: melomakarona and kourabiedes. Maybe you would like to bake those delicious cookies yourself, and get into a Greek Christmas mood?
Below you will find our recipe for baking « kourabiedes ».

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Did you ever celebrate Greek Christmas and New Year in Greece?  Apart from other Christmas traditions, you will hear typical Greek carols all over the country: the “kalanta”. Greece is rich in music and depending on the geographical regions, there are different Christmas and New Year songs, using different instruments and rhythms.
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Even though summer is probably the most popular season in Greece, for Greeks and non-Greeks, also autumn and winter have much more to offer than you might think! Since the Tourist Industry focuses on Greece as a typical country for summer holidays, not everyone knows that Greece is more than only beaches and sea.  Let us introduce you into the different aspects of the beautiful Greek autumn. 
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In corona times, it is important to keep your mood upbeat! So maybe some humor can help to forget from time to time the daily negative news we hear?
All this, while improving your Greek of course 🙂
Let us introduce you to well-loved Greek stand-up comedian, actor and screenwriter Lambros Fisfis. Fisfis has gained in popularity thanks to his ability to turn mundane everyday situations into an endless source of laughter through his sarcasm and expressiveness.

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The Greek movie  “Notias” (Greek for « southern wind ») , of Tassos Boulmetis, was released in 2016. A beautiful movie, filmed mostly in « Athens of the sixties » and for sure liked by our students learning Greek!  Below two trailers of the movie with Greek dialogues. We translated the dialogues for you in English, so you can improve your Greek listening skills, while also reading the Greek text or English translation.
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Summer in Greece!  After the corona-months, definitely something to look forward to! Beautiful beaches, blue water, white houses and unforgettable sunsets spontaneously pop into your mind. Without a doubt, it is a very nice part of the Greek summer. But what if you don’t go to a Greek island or somewhere close to the sea? Is there anything to do in the cities? Of course, there are plenty of options! One of them is a romantic one: the summer cinema. 
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The ancient Greeks told stories about their gods, myths. Stories of Greek mythology are still told today and take place in various regions in Greece.
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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?

In this article you will read about the traditions that are followed in every region of Greece….this is, under normal circumstances.
Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, in 2020 we will all celebrate Easter on our balconies and gather « online »!
A new experience, which will be never forgotten!
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