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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.
 

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Do Greeks Celebrate Halloween?

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?
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