People in Greece celebrate Epiphany on the 6th January. In the Greek Orthodox Church, Epiphany celebrates the Solemn Blessing of Waters, in commemoration of Christ's Baptism in the Jordan river. Epiphany is also known as Theofania or Fota and «The Blessing of the Waters».
The Greek word «Kalada» (carols), derives from the Latin calendae, which means the first day of the month. In Ancient Greece, there were various texts comparable to the contemporary «Kalada», which contained praises for the landlord and good wishes for the prosperity of the household.
Christmas tree, a custom started in Germany from Luther, was brought to Greece in 1833 by Otto, son of Ludwig of Bavaria and first King of liberated Greece.
According to the folk Christmas traditions, the kallikantzari are short, ungly creatures with many deformities staying underground, sawing the world tree so that it will collapse, along with the Earth!
Ancient historians reported that gases, wafting from the floor of the Adyton in the Temple of Apollo coincided with the Oracles’ extraordinary abilities to see beyond the usual limits of time and space; however, European researchers in the early part of the last century put an end to such nonsense.
The Archaeological Museum of Amfissa exhibits finds from Amfissa and other sites of Phokida, dating from the Bronze Age to the Early Byzantine period.
«Ochi Day» commemorates the rejection by Greeks of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on 28 October 1940, the Greek counterattack against the invading Italian forces during the Greco-Italian War, and the Greek Resistance during the Axis occupation.
The European Cultural Center of Delphi is inaugurating the photographic exhibition «Sanctity» on Saturday 28th of October 2017 at 19:00.
The story of Prometheus known in Greek mythology as the creator of mankind and its greatest benefactor who stole fire from Olympian Gods and gave it to men. Prometheus became a symbol of striving towards the scientific knowledge and the risk of unintended consequence which could also result in tragedy. Enjoy his story from the pen of James Baldwin.