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nadellii

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I know that Halloween isn't something that is traditionally Greek, and that is true in other places in Europe, too. However, I have noticed in my travels that some countries have been embracing it. Is this the case in Greece or do Greeks mostly ignore it?
 
I know that Halloween isn't something that is traditionally Greek, and that is true in other places in Europe, too. However, I have noticed in my travels that some countries have been embracing it. Is this the case in Greece or do Greeks mostly ignore it?
Halloween is connected with the Roman Catholic commemorative day of the souls (November 2, if I am not wrong). The Orthodox Church has established many such commemorative days throughout the year (the "Psychosavvata"=Saturdays of the souls). For example, in October, on Saturday before the feast of St. Demetrius the Great Martyr (October 26) there is such a day. People go to the cemeteries and the priests say a relatively short prayer (the "Trisagion", which literally means "Thrice-Holy") above the tombs of the departed. So, indeed Halloween is not compatible with the Greek tradition. However, there are some Halloween events which take place in Greece (e.g. parties) or, if I am not wrong, even Halloween stuff sold in the shops.
 
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lalajess

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Halloween is connected with the Roman Catholic commemorative day of the souls (November 2, if I am not wrong). The Orthodox Church has established many such commemorative days throughout the year (the "Psychosavvata"=Saturdays of the souls). For example, in October, on Saturday before the feast of St. Demetrius the Great Martyr (October 26) there is such a day. People go to the cemeteries and the priests say a relatively short prayer (the "Trisagion", which literally means "Thrice-Holy") above the tombs of the departed. So, indeed Halloween is not compatible with the Greek tradition. However, there are some Halloween events which take place in Greece (e.g. parties) or, if I am not wrong, even Halloween stuff sold in the shops.
From what I can tell, it's the United States that really goes nuts for Halloween. However, because of that influence and maybe from movies and shows that are made in the USA that go to other countries, it seems like there is at least. small presence.

Love your explanation from an Orthodox perspective - that's what's most important. It really isn't a Christian day at all...
 

ellinasgolfer0320

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Historically, no because it is an American holiday. Today, you might find a few Halloween parties because they love to copy American culture/traditions.
 

k_tsoukalas

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That's been my experience, as well. I was even in Greece once on Halloween and nothing really seemed to be going on.
 

How do you choose a name day?

I am wondering how you guys all choose a name day to celebrate. For example, I have a friend named John, and there are multiple saints that have that name. He said he chose the saint that resonated the most with him. I have another friend, also named John, who celebrated a different one because that is the one that the parents had selected. How do you know what the right choice is?

How Do Greeks Celebrate Ohi Day?

I looked up Ohi Day resentful because I learned it was occurring soon. I find the history so interesting! I know that Greeks have the day off. I am wondering how Greeks typically celebrate it? The events surrounding the day seemed to represent Greece's ability to stand up for what was right and to resist the Axis forces. It was the right thing to do to not let the Axis enter Greece easily so that they can have a strategic place for their troops.

To celebrate this important part of history today, though, what do the Greeks do today?

Learning about Greek Orthodoxy - resources?

I am on an active process to learn more about Greek Orthodoxy - it has been my project for the past year. I am having a hard time tracking down resources. Does anyone have an y books to recommend?

I have read so far:

Thinking Orthodox - Eugenia Constantinou

Orthodox Study Bible

Welcome to the Orthodox Church - Frederica Matthews Green

Thanks!

When does Greek Lent start?

I know that Greek Easter is a week after Western Easter this year - sometime in Mid April. I actually observe Western Easter, but I love Greek cooking and culture, so I joined the forum.

I want to learn more about the religious side of things for Greeks. I know that lent is coming up, does anyone know when it starts? I am talking about Greek Lent. I might borrow some Greek lenten recipes as time goes on for my own lenten journey... But I will post on that when the time comes.

What games do people play in Greece?

I noticed that there is a taverna culture of "gaming". I see tavli played all the time. Are there other games people play?

I am wondering if people play chess, checkers, that kind of thing? What about physical games like bocci like they play a lot in Italy? I have seen this game in Switzerland and other places, too, and wonder if the Greeks also play it.

Also, what do kids play for games in Greece?
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