What to do in Greece

What to do in Greece

Holidays and festivals

List of public holidays:

New Year – January 1
Epiphany – January 6
End of Carnival (the first day of fasting) – float (19 February 2007)
Independence Day and the Annunciation – March 25
Good Friday – floating (April 25, 2008)
Easter – floating (27 April 2008)Easter Monday – Floating (28 April 2008)
May Day, Labor Day – May 1
Trinity – float (15 June 2008)
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – August 15
Liberation Day in World War II – 28 October
Christmas – December 25
St. Stephen – December 26

Three major public holidays – this ChristmasEaster and the Assumption. Christmas – usually personal, family holiday, but illuminations and decorations placed on the areas around the country. On the day of the Assumption in many cities and festivals are held great festivals. Easter Holidays are celebrated, perhaps,most splendid of all holidays: religious procession on Good Friday and concludes Saturday evening culminated in a set of fireworks at midnight before Easter morning.

Apókries (apokrii), Carnival before Lent, although not an official holiday, though widely celebrated across the countryPatriarch visits the largest and most famous events. Carnival season is magnificent, ending costumes, festivals and various local rites a week before the end of Lent.
In addition to the national holidays in most cities and regions have their own regional festivals devoted to various historical events,local patron saints or grape harvest.
Unlike most of the public holidays in other countries, Independence Day in Greece – a very sober holiday.
Please note that the method of calculation of Holy Week and Easter in the Greek Orthodox Church differs from that of the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches. So, Holy Week and Easter in the Greek Orthodox Church is usually somewhat later than in the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches, but they are also often the same (as in 2007).

Communication

Greek – the official language of the country, and the native language of the majority population, but English-speaking visitor has no particular language problems. English – the most common and understand a foreign language. Followed by French, Italian and German. Knowledge of basic English can be expected from almost all personnelworking in the tourism industry and public transport, as well as by the Greeks under the age of 40 years. However, knowledge of several Greek words, such as “hello” and “thank you” warm welcome.
Latin and Cyrillic letters are derived from the Greek alphabet, and nearly half of Greek letters look like their Latin counterparts,as well as the majority of Greek letters in shape similar to counterparts in the Cyrillic alphabet. With a little practice, it becomes difficult to decipher the written names and common names, such as “hotel”, “bar”, etc. In addition, the city names on road signs throughout the country often transliterated in Latin letters (some charactersespecially on new roads, even fully translated into English).

Culture 

Standards of behavior in society
Greeks appreciate a polite man in his behavior, not by words. Moreover, throughout The spirit of informality, everyone will be a cousin. Greeks love a lot of gestures. Sometimes overly worded polite conversationalist regarded as pretentious.Kind of you to learn the basic words: “Thank you» (Ευχαριστa – Evharisto), “please» (Παρακαλώ – Parakalo), “Hello” (Καλημέρα – Kalimera).
To his leisure Greeks very seriously. Do not take the apparent laziness or rudeness to heart. To politics and football though, the Greeks are very serious.

The churches also made to appear to women with bare shoulders and men and women with open legs. During the season, the rule is not strictly adhere.
Do not call the Greece of Eastern Europe,Greece was the only country in the open pro-western coast of his pro-Soviet and neutral communist neighbors. Geographically speaking so also incorrect. Macedonian question also is crucial: the Greeks believe that the name “Macedonian” was stolen from them and used by partisans of Tito in Yugoslavia as a southern name.Also, be careful when speaking of the Byzantine Empire, which is a symbol of national pride and greatness. However, most will express the opposite opinion on the military junta of the late 1960s, the mid-1970s. Many Greeks, not only Communists and members of other leftist groups,subjected to brutal repression and speak about those leaders with obvious disgust. Also, be polite, interested in their relations with Turkey, the Turkish occupation and the civil war in Cyprus in 1974, because it is hot, sometimes fierce debate, bringing turmoil in relations between the two nations.

Obscene gestures

To “scold” anyone-or by hand, the Greeks show an open hand, as if calling to stop. This is called “Muntz”. Sometimes they do it by saying “on” (here). Thus, the Greeks can “send” a person, or to say that he made some kind of nonsense. “Munz” comes from the gesture that was used in the Byzantine era,when the judge sentenced her hand smeared ash on the face, to make him a laughingstock.

Smoking

Greeks smoke an awful lot, considering it their birthright. However, the new laws have imposed restrictions on smoking, and awareness of the dangers of passive smoking in recent years has grown.Do not be afraid to ask a taxi driver or a neighbor to remove the butt, if it brings inconvenience.

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