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I just wanted to share that I am so excited that Greek festival season is here! I tend to travel visiting family and friends throughout the United States and Canada during the warm weather time of year, for weddings and stuff. I have family in a few different places so have caught festivals all over the place.

One of my favorites is the Greek Summerfest in July in Vancouver. I also went to a big Greek festival in Chicago that I loved. Where is your favorite? I might want to visit!
 
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I just wanted to share that I am so excited that Greek festival season is here! I tend to travel visiting family and friends throughout the United States and Canada during the warm weather time of year, for weddings and stuff. I have family in a few different places so have caught festivals all over the place.

One of my favorites is the Greek Summerfest in July in Vancouver. I also went to a big Greek festival in Chicago that I loved. Where is your favorite? I might want to visit!
I mainly stay local to my area (Boston, MA) but there are a ton of Greek festivals, at least one per weekend, and I go to as many festivals as I can! A huge bonus is if they have live music.
 

Greek Naming Traditions?

I have noticed that in Greece, there are some traditions associated with naming their children. Although some Greek families in the United States have done this, many have seemed to lose the traditions.

Does anyone know what some of these traditions are? I am helping a friend name his upcoming child... Here's some of what I have learned:

1. Firstborn daughter names after maternal grandmother
2. Firstborn son named after paternal grandfather
3. Firstborn son named after father

Those are the ones I have figured out. I don't know what is traditional from Greece and what has just been made up amongst Greeks in the US.

How to find traditional Greek markets?

I'm planning a trip to Greece and am really excited about experiencing the local culture, especially the traditional markets. I've heard so much about the vibrant atmosphere, delicious food, and unique souvenirs, and I definitely don't want to miss out.

For those of you who have been to Greece or are familiar with the country, do you have any tips or recommendations on how to find the best traditional Greek markets? Are there specific cities or regions where these markets are more common?

Additionally, any advice on what to look out for or must-try items would be greatly appreciated!

Appropriate clothing for Holy Week services?

I was going to wear a floral dress to the service on Good Friday - I pretty much always do - and someone made a comment that they didn't think it's appropriate because it is a service of mourning.

You know, I guess that makes sense - but I haven't that much of it. What are your thoughts on it? I ended up choosing an outfit that looked a little more somber.

I am curious about the best things to wear through Holy Week! I am assuming the really spring-like colors are best on Pascha?

Advice for learning traditional dances for a Greek wedding?

I'm attending a Greek wedding soon, and I really want to join in on the traditional dancing! I've heard Greek dances like the Kalamatianos and Tsifteteli are integral parts of the celebration, and I don't want to feel out of place. I never really learned how to dance from my Americanized Greek family!

Does anyone have tips on the best way to learn these dances? Are there any specific online tutorials, classes, or YouTube channels you’d recommend? Also, what should I keep in mind in terms of dance etiquette at the wedding? Thanks so much!

What is kefi exactly?

I have always found the concept of kefi to be intriguing, and I would like to learn more about it from those familiar or even vaguely aware of this notion. From what little I understand, kefi seems to embody a unique blend of joy, spirit, and passion, deeply ingrained in Greek culture. It's more than just a word; it's a lifestyle, a form of expression, an unbridled enthusiasm for life.

However, I'm curious to know about the deeper nuances and applications of kefi. How does kefi manifest in day-to-day life, not just in Greece, but wherever one might find joy and enthusiasm? Is it something that can be consciously cultivated, or does it spontaneously bloom in moments of happiness and high spirits? It seems like it really permeates the culture, especially in Greece.
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