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Greek Family Tradition
Name day celebration
Most Greeks are named after a religious saint. A very important tradition is that everyone who has a name coming from a saint celebrated by the church celebrates his name on a given day of the year. On the “name day” of someone, his friends and family visit him without invitation and offer wishes and small presents. The hostess of the house offers pastries, sweets and hors d’oeuvres to the guests. In Greece, name days are more important than birthdays.
It is a custom in Greece to get engaged before get married. The man has to ask for the hand of the woman from her father and close family, while the two families give presents to bride and groom. The couple exchanges wedding rings that are worn on the left hand. After the wedding, these rings will be worn on the right hand. In Greece, the engagement period may last for years and it is like a commitment to the families. This custom is still vivid in the Greek mainland, while gradually it tends to disappear.
In Greece, the Carnival is called “Apokries”. The festival consists of two weeks of feast, beginning from the Sunday of Meat Fare and ends with the first day of the Lent, called Clean Monday (Kathari Deutera). Everyone is costumed and parties take place in the streets and bars, throwing coloured confetti to each other. The most famous Carnival Parade takes place in the city of Patra. In many towns around Greece and in the islands, local customs revive. The Carnival is believed to come from paganism, and more precisely from the old festivities worshiping Dionysus, the god of wine and feast.
Clean Monday or Lent Monday is the first day of the Lent (Saracosti) during which families go for a picnic in the countryside and fly kites.
Easter is the most important celebration for the Greeks, even more than Christmas. On Good Thursday or Good Saturday, women dye eggs in red and bake buns. On Good Friday, the day of mourning, the Epitaphios, the tomb of Christ with its icon, decorated with flowers, is taken out of the church and carried around the village followed by a slow procession. After the procession returns to the church where the believers kiss the image of the Christ.
During the night of the Holy Saturday (Megalo Savato), everybody dresses well and goes to the church where a ceremony is hold. Just before midnight, all of the lights of the church are turned off, symbolizing the darkness and silent of the tomb, while the priest lights a candle from the Eternal Flame, sings the psalm Christos Anesti (meaning Christ has risen) and offers the flame to light the candles of the people. Everyone passes the flame one to another. The bells ring continuously and people throw fireworks. The Good Saturday Dinner takes place after midnight and consists of mayiritsa, tsoureki (Easter cake) and red eggs. On Easter Sunday, the family roasts the lamb on the spit.
Corfu island is the most famous place for easter.
Greek Independence Day
The Greek Independence Day is celebrating the declaration of the Independence War against the Ottomans on March 25th, 1821. Apart from a national celebration, this day is also a religious celebration dedicated to the Annunciation of Virgin Mary.
The Ohi Day
On October 28th, the Greeks celebrate the day when the Greek dictator Metaxas refused to let the Italians invade the country during World War II. It is the celebration of the heroic OXI (NO): most Greeks put a Greek flag on their windows and balconies, while a parade takes place with the participation of school students and the army.
U.S. South Carolina
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Outside Concert in Berlin.
Women working in the field in Indonesia
Family Travel to Russia – Moscow
Travels to Budapest
Travels to South America
Travels to Dubai
The majority of the population of Dubai is constituted by expatriates mainly of Asian origin. The Asian group consists of people from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. There is also a sizeable Somali community. The median age in the emirate is about twenty-seven years.
Trip through Spain
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“My Travels to Taiwan ”
By Floyd Leach –Part 1
The Taiwanese people are such resourceful people, they can take little of nothing and create great results, this has been they’re way of life for many generations since they were freed from Japanese rule back in 1945 when the USA & Japan ended WWII. According to Wikipedia Formosa was its original name-many are still fond of that name, and some still use it. The Island was originally called Formosa or Taiwan when Japan took control of it in 1895-after defeating China in a Military Conflict. China still says it belongs to them, the island is also considered R. O.C.-which means Republic of China also according to Wikipedia.
BICYCLE DELIVER FOR FRUIT & VEGETABLES
Met this Nice Older Taiwanese Lady while walking the local “7-Eleven”, yes 7-Eleven operates in Taiwan. She was so sweet and kind to stop and chat for a bit, of course all done thru my translator-She said she’s up early every morning 7 days a week, cause people eat 7 days a week…LOL!
Compassion for Pets
This kind lady loved her dog so much that she makes key chains out of different animals and pets of all sorts-she stated that she is trying to obtain enough money to pay for her dogs surgery-see the dog is very swollen-the male dog was very friendly to everyone that petted him.
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