Do you have Greek friends? Would you like to know how to wish them a Happy Birthday in Greek? If you have been to Greece, most likely you have already heard the popular wish «Χρόνια πολλά».
Did you ever experience Carnival and Tsiknopempti in Greece? Usually the month of February, is the carnival month! Also in Greece, the carnival season lasts for 3 weeks during which period Greeks really enjoy themselves, organize many parties and eat a lot of meat!
The Greek movie, Ouzeri Tsitsanis, was released in December 2015, and is based on the book by the same title, written by George Skarbadonis. The story takes place in Thessaloniki during the winter of 1942-’43. In spite of funding issues during the financial crisis in Greece, fortunately, the Greek cinema was still productive.
Inspired by the statue of Athena Promakhos, protector of the Parthenon in antiquity, the movie ‘Promakhos’ centers on a story of two Greek lawyers fighting for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. See the trailer, full of images of the Parthenon, Athens and the stunning Acropolis Museum!
On the first day of the New Year, in many Greek homes, the new year is welcomed by opening a pomegranate for good luck.
It is also common to receive a metal pomegranate ( ‘ρόδι’) with a red ribbon, as a gift, to bring good luck ( ‘γούρι”) for the new year.
Let’ s read a myth about Athens and some real information about Greek olive oil!
Greek dances can be found in many places in Greece, also at Omilo!
But in Athens you find a special museum, a living museum dedicated to the Greek dance. What makes it special is that it is not just housed in a building. It is a living museum with dancers, lots of spectacle and a school providing courses, workshops and lectures. Here below more information about this museum and dancing group, founded by Dora Stratou.
The Athens Festivals are something all Athenians are looking forward to !
In summer, everybody gets into a great mood and tries to enjoy the nice things of life.
The cultural life in Athens is just amazing: exhibitions, concerts, music bands, street dancing, theater performances,
book fairs, nights of open air cinema, bike rides and festivals for every taste.
They are also a great asset to those that can’t afford to go on holidays “out of Athens”.
Since 2005 Omilo welcomes every summer many students from all over the world on the island of Syros. Our students have three things in common: they love Greek culture, they want to learn the Greek language and they want to explore the “real Greece”. For that reason, we chose to move our school to the island of Syros during the months of July, August and September.
What comes to your mind when you hear “Greek dances”? Probably, the first dance that comes to mind is the “Syrtaki”. And not without reason. Syrtaki became known all over the world thanks to the movie “Zorbas the Greek”. Most of us have in mind Anthony Quinn dancing this dance and saying: “geia sou, leventi!”. Indeed, the Sirtaki represents the Greek people and their soul, but it is actually a dance that was “made” for the movie and a “combination” of various Greek steps you can find in the traditional dances.