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I thought I'd do some research about some of the most popular teams in Greece. Soccer seems to be the most popular, and there is also a strong basketball fanbase. Did I miss anything? Should I add or subtract anything?

1. Olympiacos F.C - This is the biggest football club in Greece; their fans are known as “The Greece’s Red Army.” Olympiacos F.C has won the Greek Super League more times than any other team since its establishment.

2. Panathinaikos B.C - Founded in 1919, Panathinaikos B.C has won the most Greek Basket League championships, propelling it to be among the most popular sports teams in Greece.

3. AEK Athens F.C - AEK has one of the biggest and most passionate fan bases in Greece. The team has won three Greek cups and one Greek Super League trophy.

4. PAOK F.C - PAOK is the third-luckiest team in Greece. PAOK has fans all over Greece, indicating that they could be the next big football club following Olympiacos and AEK in terms of popularity.

5. Olympiacos B.C - Olympiacos B.C has won nine Greek Basketball League trophies, representing the team’s dominance in basketball. Its fans are dubbed ‘Red Angels' and are one of the most loyal fan bases in Greece.

6. Xanthi FC - Located in a small city in Thrace, Xanthi FC is the neighborhood's pride and joy. Although they’ve never won a domestic trophy, the team has captured the hearts of many people in the region.

7. Aris Thessaloniki F.C - Founded in 1914, Aris has a rich history. The club has won two Greek Cypriot championships, particularly in 1946 and 1979.

8. AEK Athens B.C - AEK Athens Basketball Club was the first-ever Greek club to reach the semifinals of a European competition. The team has dominated in domestic competitions, with eight Greek cup and three Greek Basket League titles.

9. A.C. PAOK - PAOK’s volleyball team is just as successful as its football team. The team has won 13 Greek Volleyball League championships, making it one of the most successful volleyball teams in Greece.

10. Olympiacos Piraeus BC - Olympiacos Piraeus BC is the second success story in Greek basketball, with nine Greek Basket League championships. Its fans are among the most rabid and passionate in the country.
 
Nice list. Sporting events in Greece are not family events, so if anyone decides to go then leave your kids at home. Become familiar with the major rivalries such as Panathinaikos and Olympiakos because these games become very violent, and you don't want to be caught up in the violence. Do not wear any Greek sports clothing anywhere unless you know where you are or it's the Greek national team. I'm not trying to scare anyone, but these rivalries are serious and you don't wear the rivals colors in neighborhoods that don't support them or you can almost be guaranteed to experience something.

Γαμώ τον ολυμπιακό! Παναθηναϊκός για μια ζωή! 13!
 
Nice list. Sporting events in Greece are not family events, so if anyone decides to go then leave your kids at home. Become familiar with the major rivalries such as Panathinaikos and Olympiakos because these games become very violent, and you don't want to be caught up in the violence. Do not wear any Greek sports clothing anywhere unless you know where you are or it's the Greek national team. I'm not trying to scare anyone, but these rivalries are serious and you don't wear the rivals colors in neighborhoods that don't support them or you can almost be guaranteed to experience something.

Γαμώ τον ολυμπιακό! Παναθηναϊκός για μια ζωή! 13!
I didn't realize they weren't family outings! That's good to know. I guess it makes sense though because this might be typical of football culture throughout the world?
 
I’d say you've covered the major bases well. Considering the rich sports culture, you might also explore the impact of these teams on local cultures and rivalries, which are as intense and historic as the games themselves. If you're delving into international football comparisons, watching matches like omonoia fc vs krasava eny ypsonas fc matches can provide insights into how fan passion and team tactics vary across different leagues.
 
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Thinking about the Greek way of hospitality...

I thought I would ask your thoughts oh Philoxenia - or the Greek way, or art, of hospitality. I noticed this when I travel in Greece. People are so kind, they often go out of the way for us, when I feel that they don't have to! How can one describe this to someone?

From what I understand, Philoxenia is not merely a practice but a deeply ingrained value within Greek culture that extends far beyond the simple act of hosting. It reflects a genuine, heartfelt welcome to strangers, treating them with the same respect and generosity one would show to a dearly beloved friend. This beautiful tradition, passed down through generations, turns the act of hosting into an art form, embodying warmth, respect, and a profound sense of human compassion. There have been so many stories I can think of...

This thought process was triggered because we were watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 - someone in the village had taken on a Syrian refugee. Is this a Greek hospitality thing? Philoxenia?

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?

The Naming Customs of Greece, From Ancient Times to Today -

How to choose godparents?

I'm currently planning a baptism for a child in the Greek Orthodox Church and finding myself at a bit of a crossroads. One of the most significant decisions we're facing is choosing the right godparents. I understand that in our tradition, the role of a godparent is not only a great honor but also carries profound spiritual and moral responsibilities. They are to guide the child in the Orthodox faith, ensuring they grow in the church and its teachings.

How do you choose? I have a few candidates and am trying to narrow it down.

Getting a Greek costume made?

I'm looking to have a traditional Greek costume made, and I want to ensure that it is as authentic and high-quality as possible.

It's for festival season but I don't know if I am in over my head. This could be anything from the iconic fustanella worn by men to the beautifully embroidered dresses seen in various regions across Greece. I’m open to suggestions on materials, designs, and specific regional styles that would make for a remarkable and authentic piece.

Could anyone here recommend a tailor or a shop—either within Greece or internationally—that specializes in creating traditional Greek clothing? It’s essential that they pay great attention to detail and use high-quality materials to capture the spirit and beauty of Greek traditional attire.

Additionally, if you have any advice on what specifics I should communicate to the tailor to ensure authenticity, or if you know of any resources where I could find patterns or detailed descriptions of traditional costumes, I would greatly appreciate it.
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