Greece Big 5 Project
By:Ty & Tommy. Culture, Economics and Government sections
The official language of Greek is Greece. The Greek language constitutes one of the most important elements of the Greek culture.The first written Greek words were found on baked mud tablet.
Greece is a country with a very rich history from Bronze age, to classical period, Roman period, and more. It also famous worldwide for many famous people and their actions throughout centuries.
Traditions & customs
Traditions in Greece and Greek Islandsr have a religious character. Furthermore, most of the traditions and festivals still followed and celebrated today are religious.These dances are a strong element of the Greek culture and take place all year round, especially in summer.
Religion plays an important role in the understanding of daily culture. The 98% of the Greeks are Christians. The rest of the population are Roman Catholics and Jewish. Greece and Russia are the only countries to have such a big proportion of Christians. The Church forms the third largest branch of Christianity, after the Roman Catholics.
The Greek music is of unbelievable due to the creative Greek assimilation of different influences of the Eastern and Western culture of Asia and Europe. Music in Greece has a long history dating from the ancient times, during which poetry, dancing and music were inseparable and played an important part in the ancient Greek everyday life and culture.
Food and wine
The Greek cuisine is famous for its good quality products and the amazing taste of its food and wines. Some dishes are the same everywhere in Greece, whereas some others are local culinary specialties. The same dishes can be cooked differently or with different ingredients depending on the region. Food is an important part of the Greek culture.
Many products are characteristic of Greece, including various types of cheese (feta, metsovone and formaella), virgin olive oil from Lesvos, Crete and Laconia, capper from Santorini, potatoes, citrus fruits and others like honey, wine, spices, nutes and more. These fresh culinary products are widely used in cooking and constitute strong elements of the local culture.
Traditional recipes of Greece are usually easy but require special products that are grown in the Greek land. Baklava, moussaka, pastichio, gemista and kleftiko are the most famous Greek recipes. The Greek cuisine, a characteristic element of the culture, has been largely incluenced by the French, Italian and Turkish cuisine.
Most festivals in Greece take place in summer. They can be religious festivals (panigiri) on the occasion of the name day of the protector saint in a village or town, or they can also be cultural festivals with various events. These festivals constitute a part of the local culture and attract many visitors.
Many cultural events take place in Greece all year round. Particularly famous is the Athens Epidaurus Greek Festival, with events in the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, the Herodeion Theatre in Athens and other venues. Such festivals with music concerts, theatre performances, lectures and custom revivals take place in all Greek islands and towns, usually in summer, presenting the local culture and occasionally hosting international events.
Nights in Greece are a delight. A summer night out usually starts with a dinner at the many taverns and restaurants in the Greek islands and continue with a soft drink in a lounge bar or with a crazy night in a club till the sunrise. It is almost part of the Greek culture to have dinner in a traditional tavern during holidays.
Cafe & Kafenion
Going out for a coffee is a special habit for the Greeks, a strong part of their culture. The average coffee meeting for a Greek is about 1 and half hour. The Greeks get together over a coffee and chat loudly. In the village squares, you will see the traditional type of cafeteria in Greece, the kafenion. Mostly old men go there to drink their traditional Greek coffee, chat and play cards.