• Amazing 2400-Year-Old Mask of Greek God Dionysus Found in Turkey

    An almost intact terracotta mask depicting the Greek God of Wine ‘Dionysus’ was discovered on the Acropolis of the ancient city of Daskyleion in Western Turkey (Ancient Greek land) by a team led by Kaan of Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University.  The mask probably dates to the end of the fourth century BC, when, following Alexander the Great’s invasion of the region in 334 B.C., the multicultural city, previously dominated by the Phrygians, Lydians, and Persians, was subject to Greek influence. Dionysus was the patron of theatre and impersonation, in addition to his position as the god of wine and fertility. Masks were traditional components of deity-honoring rituals and were often…

  • The Strangest Greek Superstitions

    The Evil Eye “To Mati” The “Mati” (Evil Eye) is one of the most popular superstitions in Greece and worldwide among Greeks. The ‘evil eye’ is thought to be caused by compliments, adoration or envy in Greece and various other countries (Italy, Iran, Egypt, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Turkey,) The consequences vary from headache, yawning, disease, misfortune, injury, and even death at times. People wear charms in the form of an eye to ward off any curse; in order to eliminate the curse, the recipient usually asks an elder woman (mother, aunt, yiayia) to recite a secret prayer. Spitting (do not worry, this was BC before Coronavirus), or tossing salt over the…

  • The Top 20 Greek Baby Names

    Many non-Greeks “Xeni” after watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding might think that in the whole country of Greece there are only two or three most common Greek names. Well, sorry but not everyone is named Niko! Interestingly a full 40 percent of Greek men have one of the top five names, and 60 percent have a name in the top 10. Three in every 10 Greek women have one of the most common top five names. Moreover, it is very common for Greek parents to stick to tradition and name their children after their grandparents. Whether you’re on the hunt for names for your baby, your gaming characters or…

  • Boiled Greek Coffee May Help You Live Longer…Drink Up!

    Boiled Greek coffee is a staple in every Greek home. Let’s settle an argument that many have first. What came first the chicken or the egg? There are many Turks that claim it’s Turkish coffee, but it’s Greek as many parts of what we call Turkey today were Greek cities from Smirni to Zeugma and more! Even Dr. OZ who is of Turkish roots did a TV special on “Greek coffee”! Greek coffee is very healthy for you and tastes great! A new Ikaria study of Vascular Medicine suggests that boiled Greek coffee can increase your longevity and protect against heart disease. Dr. Oz aired a special about what makes…

  • Celebrities you didn’t know were of Greek descent

    Here are a few famous Hollywood celebrities you probably didn’t know were of Greek descent:  KELLY RIPA JENNIFER ANISTON The famous “Friends” sitcom star and big screen Hollywood actress is half Greek from her dad, John Aniston, who is from the island of Crete. Her Godfather was the late legendary 70’s actor, Telly Savalas. KELLY CLARKSON American Singer, Kelly Clarkson tracked her Greek ancestry on the TLC show, Who Do You Think You Are? Clarkson’s mother’s side is Greek, while she is also of German and Irish decent. Clarkson has been vocal about her Greek ancestry, saying despite her multicultural heritage, she considers herself mostly Greek and can speak the…

  • Greek last names that are funny

    Sometimes it can be hard to identify a person as being Greek based on their first name or appearance. I have Greek friends who look nothing like a person born of Mediterranean blood. Some are named Ethan, or Olivia, or Ike, or Nadia, or even Jonathan (like me!). However, one way you can be guaranteed to find out if a person is Greek or not is by finding out their last name. Should it end in an ‘s’ or ‘ou’ then chances are they’re of Greek descent. And here’s another way for you to dig even deeper into their surname to discover exactly where in Greece they’re from… (Most of…

  • Six stereotypes Greeks can’t shake

    Stereotypes aren’t exactly the nicest thing in the world. Most of the time they pertain to something negative about a culture, race, or ethnicity, but there’s the odd time where they can be viewed as funny and/or innocent. The stereotypes that really suck are the ones that derive from a stigma regarding a culture’s past. These are nearly impossible to shake, as a lot of them are deeply embedded in our subconscious thanks to books, what we learned in school, society in general, and different forms of media. Greeks, for one, are not exempt from these labels. We, like every other ethnicity in the world, have been painted with the…

  • The Greek Guilt Trip

    Every Greek person has had at least one experience with their mother, father, aunt, uncle, or grandparent, where they’ve been guilted into feeling like they did something wrong even if they didn’t. It stinks and it can hit you out of nowhere. You could be having an amazing day; the sun is shining; you feel full of energy; you’ve spent quality time with your friends and family; and then suddenly, out of nowhere, your mother drops a line on you that brings it all crashing down. Blah. So in honour of these deflating moments that sometimes happen all too often, I’ve decided to compile a list of the top 10…