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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.
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If you are not able to travel to Greece at the moment but would like to get that feeling again, then why not reading some travel diaries?
And even better…If you are at the advanced level in Greek, then you can also improve your Greek reading and listening skills at the same time.

Below more information about the eBook,
Travel Diaries About Greece, by 19th-century British Writers – Athens, Sparta & Mani.

Adapted and translated by Eleni Maria Georgiou.
Accompanied by the Greek Audio-Book, narrated by Eva Christodoulou (omilo teacher)

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Χρόνια Πολλά!  This year, Greece celebrates a special anniversary on March 25th – Its 200 Υears Οf Ιndependence!

If you want to read more about this important National Celebration, the Greek National Anthem, useful vocabulary etc…
then click on the button below, for the article in English, Greek,
as well as a Greek -file Audio to improve your listening skills in Greek 🙂

However, this year, 2021,  is an even bigger celebration! Unfortunately, it is difficult to celebrate in a lockdown, so we will do it with music, once again 😉

To celebrate the 200 years since the Greek Revolution, the famous song of Dionysis Savvopoulos has been chosen for the official video clip of this event. See below.

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In 2021 Omilo celebrates 25 years! However, a celebration in corona times is no fun, so we are waiting for a better moment 🙂
In the meantime, Maya and Dimitris (founders of Omilo) as well as several teachers will participate in interviews, videos and podcasts.

This page belongs to CHAPTER 1 – How It All Started | 1996-1997
If you want to listen to more interviews in this chapter, click here.

Below the first introduction by Maya (sorry for the bad quality of the recording! The next videos will be much better quality, we promise!)

Maya explains;
a. how Omilo came to life in 1996,
b. how and where the very first Greek Language and Culture course was organized in 1997,
c. how much fun we had…in times the internet did not exist yet 🙂 Read more

The recent years more and more Omilo students, mostly nationals of non-EU-countries, seem to be interested in moving to Greece or become residents of Greece.
From 2020 also UK-nationals are included in the interested individuals. We have heard various personal reasons for considering taking that step, for example: Read more

It is January 2021, and unfortunately, we are still experiencing a lockdown in Greece, due to “corona”!
Traveling to or within Greece is limited now, but just in case you are planning to be in Greece during the winter season, this year or next year, be aware that Greece is not just a summer destination, but also a great winter destination.  So let’s talk about some nice villages to visit during winter.
Above you can see a photo of the village of Nymfaio, in Northern Greece.

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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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Music definitely plays a very important role in the life of Greeks. In joy and sorrow, Greeks sing. And the truth is that they have the opportunity to choose among several categories of songs, in order to express every time their feelings: there are plenty of folk songs, rebetika, laika, entexna (the Greek word ‘τέχνη’ means ‘art’, so ‘entexna’ is a category of songs with more sophisticated music and lyrics) as well as rock and pop listenings.

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From antiquity to today, Greece has lived through major historical events. The country was involved in many wars: Persian wars, the wars of Alexander the Great, etc. In modern Greek history, from 1821 till of today, two major wars Greece was involved in, were the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire and the 2nd World War. Every year, Greeks remember these historical events with the celebration of two national anniversaries on October 28th and March 25th. 

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