Topic 3 Social & cultural learning in Greece: traditions, local values, linguistic specificities

For many Greeks, the name day celebration might be more important than a birthday, especially for adults, and it is customary to call and congratulate someone on their name day. The person celebrating often treats his/her friends, relatives either at work or at home. at a taverna.

All year round, saints’ days are celebrated in chapels and churches, mostly in rural settings, although it is possible to see them in bigger cities. On this day, a panigyri, or festival, is organized after a mass. 

While many consider Friday the 13th a day of bad luck, for Greeks it is Tuesday the 13th.

Orthodox Easter is the biggest and most important religious holiday in Greece. Lots of customs and traditions related to this holiday exist in different parts of the family. A common tradition, is dying eggs red and roasting lamb on Easter Sunday in large family gatherings.

Greeks are passionate and expressive in both verbal and non-verbal, communication.

Therefore, body language in Greek culture is taken quite seriously.  

The Greeks have some core values that they follow. Some of them are: 

Philotimo means having a great sense of honour. Philotimo is a word that cannot be translated in English. It must be noted that “Philotimo” has great importance in the Greek culture, as it describes someone that is respectable and decent.

Greece regards family values as one of the most important aspects of life. For this reason, Greece is a collectivist society, as each Greek values the importance of family and friends and, therefore, is close to them. 

The Greeks are famous for their hospitality, as they are always happy to welcome people in their country, especially tourists during the summer season. 

The Greeks are religious people that give great emphasis on this aspect, as they regularly attend church and follow various religious rituals.

The Greeks are very proud of their culture and civilization, as their country has an enriched history that spans thousands of years. 

Greek people give great emphasis on tradition, as they are engaged in celebrating several customs regarding various aspects, such as religion, music and art.