A country of art and culture par excellence, Greece sees its grandeur in its myths, monuments and history. Travelling in this nation, that initiates artistic and cultural movements, proves to be memorable for cultural enthusiasts. Between ancient cities, temples, and charming islands, be completely captivated and dive into the fabulous world of Greece.
Greek customs date back to a time so distant that it is difficult to trace their origins. To discover the most amazing festivities of Greece, drop off your suitcases in Patras. In this place, a spectacular carnival takes place over several weeks between February and March. Various animations, parades and shows are given especially during the closing of the carnival. This will be an excellent opportunity to admire traditional costumes, theatre, dance and enjoy Greek music.
Other festivals such as the Koulouma, the feast of pure Monday, recall the attachment of Greece to the Orthodox religion. During this event, the Greeks meet around a merry picnic punctuated by music and the Tsamiko, a folk dance. But the kite throwing remains one of the activities marking this day. The Greeks find, in this action, a way of purifying themselves.
Like all tourist destinations of character, Greece preserves a very rich culture and traditions that can date from several millennia. The polychromy of the customs is part of the things that mark the tourists who visit the country deeply. Essentially derived from the paganism of antiquity and Orthodox Christianity, it is one of the components which are necessary for understanding the Greeks. It must be said that many of them find themselves bathing in superstition and believing in supernatural phenomena, especially older generations. Knowing the Greek traditions and customs is therefore an effective way to foster good relationships and moments of sharing at each visited place.
Thus, when they cross the different places of the country, travellers will notice that many local inhabitants wear the traditional clothes of their region. In Crete, for example, the traditional costume of men consists mostly of the "vraka", which is large puffed trousers, a shirt, a waistcoat and a pair of boots to the knees. Women, meanwhile, rarely wear their traditional outfits on a daily basis, but rather on the occasion of the holidays. In general, their costumes are composed of loose blouses and long skirts adorned with beautiful embroideries.
Greece initially suggests that it is one of the oldest and most influential civilisations in the world. Several beautifully preserved sites still evoke its power and past wealth.
The Acropolis of Athens alone traces the wonders of antiquity, the epoch when the Greek Empire reached its apogee. You will have the pleasure to photograph the famous Parthenon, the temple of Athena or the theatre of Dionysus. There are also lesser known monuments such as the Erechtheion or the Propylaea.
In other parts of Greece you can also visit the archaeological sites of Delphi, Delos, Mycenae and Olympia. Cities like Rhodes, Corfu or places like Mount Athos and the theatre of Epidaurus will surely arouse your curiosity.
Besides the festivities, Greece shines through with its tasty gastronomy. Widely appreciated and cooked all over the world, Greek flavours surpass the borders. Not to mention the Greek restaurants installed all over the world. In short, the Greek recipes go around the world! At the top of the list, the famous Moussaka and the appetising Feta, Tzatziki and Baklava are undoubtedly the pride of the Greeks.
The traditional Greek festivals are so numerous that you will surely have the chance to attend one of them, especially if you stay at least two weeks in a sumptuous rental villa. The most popular celebrations are the Fête du nom, baptisms, betrothal, weddings, Easter, but also the Apokriá or Apokries carnival.
Usually, it takes place during the three weeks preceding the first day of Lent. The celebrations of the 25th of March, the day of Greek independence, as well as that of October 28th, commemorating the courage of the Greeks against the army of Mussolini, are also very interesting celebrations to attend.