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Clean Monday, Καθαρά Δευτέρα Posted by on Feb 26, 2012

Clean Monday  or pure Monday is a public holiday in Greece. For the orthodox Christians the fasting period before Easter starts on Clean Monday and last for 40 days, as many days as Jesus fasted in the dessert.  This specific day, Christians “clean” themselves physically as well as spiritually. In other words, Christians leave behind…

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Verb conjunctions Posted by on Feb 22, 2012

In Greek verbs are divided into two conjunctions.  Two categories.  The first conjunction (α’ συζυγία) includes the verbs which are not stressed on the last syllable. The verbs of the second conjunction (β’ συζυγία) are always stressed on the last syllable. The second conjunction is divided into two groups. In the first group are the…

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Carnival,Αποκριές Posted by on Feb 18, 2012

Carnival (αποκριές) (or Triodion) are called the three weeks before Lent. It has taken this name because at this period Christians do not eat meat. The word Apokries, like the word Carnival, literally means to stay away from the meat.  For Greeks it started in ancient times as a worship to the God of wine…

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The 12 Olympians (last part) Posted by on Feb 16, 2012

This is the last post of the series presenting the last two Olympians. Artemis (Άρτεμις): Virgin goddess of wilderness,fertility (γονιμότητα),hunt(κυνήγι) and wild animals. Daughter of Zeus and Leto and the twin (δίδυμη) sister of Apollo. She is often depicted with the crescent of the moon above her forehead and her symbol is a deer with…

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Adjectives Posted by on Feb 11, 2012

Greek adjectives describe, modify, or attribute a property to a noun. They have three genders (masculine feminine, neuter), singular and plural. They always have the same gender, number and case with the noun they refer to. Ex. Η μεγάλη τρύπα (H megalee trypa).  (Feminine) The big hole. Το μεγάλο σχέδιο (To megalo shedio).  (Neuter) The…

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The 12 Olympians (Part 3) Posted by on Feb 5, 2012

Three more Olympians are presented in this pre-last post of the series. Ares (Άρης): God of war and lover of Venus. Son of Zeus and Hera. His obsession with war and fight has made him the most disliked god of the mountain. Only Venus and Hades liked him, for obvious reasons… His passion, his…

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