Excellent GCSE Results!
Once more our students achieved outstanding results in their GCSEs in Modern and Ancient Greek with 100% of all grades at A* (above 92%). We are very proud of their achievements!
Open air cinemas, a staple of Greek summer. Even though the first ones were spotted in Australia and then Thailand, the trend came to Greece in the 1910s and quickly caught on as very few things were required: a large yard or terrace, some plastic chairs and a piece of cloth, and the magic of film was beautifully combined with a relaxed night out. It’s therefore no surprise that they quickly spread and became popular- to the extend that in the 1960s alone, 320 summer cinemas were recorded in Athens, Piraeus and the suburbs!
Nowadays, open air cinemas remain a favourite summer tradition in Italy, France, the Netherlands, Scotland and Austria, and of course Greece; two years ago, Thissio Cinema was voted as the most beautiful summer of the world, mainly for its magnificent view of the Acropolis. In 2014, The Guardian’s list of 10 best summer cinemas included two Greek cinemas: Cine Paris in Plaka and Cine Kamari in Santorini, both very beautiful and with stunning views.
Combining the magic of film with the light summer breeze and vibrant atmosphere of neighbourhoods all over Greece, open air cinemas are ideal for a cosy and laid back night out. They are surely an integral part of Greek summer and they are still charming locals and visitors alike.
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Spring is officially here and all of us at the Hellenic Hub celebrate it with one of the most beautiful Greek traditions, the May wreath.
Saint George, the Dragon Slayer
Saint George, Γεώργιος [Georgios] in Greek and Georgius in Latin, England’s patron saint, belong to the exceptional group of military saints, whose members amongst others are Saint Demetrius, Saint Barbara and Joan of Arc.
Orthodox Easter is filled with different customs and traditions related to the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Many of these are still followed and celebrated all around Greece, with the participation in each also being an opportunity for a social gathering.
April Fools’ Day is celebrated every year on the first day of April 1 as an unofficial holiday; it is marked by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes, both in a benevolent manner. News publications also often participate, by making up and publishing fake news stories.
Greek Independence Day – Annunciation Day
For Greeks, the 25th March is a double celebration: a historical and a religious one.
“From March summer and winter from August” goes a Greek saying and isn’t that so true. In Greece, March is traditionally considered the beginning of spring and is therefore anticipated with both hope and jubilation.
Have you ever wondered why we fly kites on Clean Monday?
Clean Monday (Kathara Deftera in Greek) is one of the most important and eagerly anticipated Greek celebrations. It marks the end of the playful Carnival season and the commencing of the Great Lent, the 50day fasting period which ends on Orthodox Easter Sunday. Kathara Deftera, a public holiday both in Greece and Cyprus, is celebrated through various local customs and traditions, including the consumption of shellfish and other culinary fasting delights as well as a number of outdoor activities (Koulouma), the most popular of which is making and flying kites.