• Cleopatra: The Charming Macedonian Greek Ruler of Egypt

    There has been controversy lately regarding the ethnic origins of Cleopatra. Since the Superwoman actress Gal Gadot announced she will play Cleopatra in an upcoming Hollywood movie many Egyptians and Arabs have been bashing her on social media. Fans of Gal Gadot have defended the Israeli actress on social media saying “Cleopatra was not black or Arab, she was Greek!” “To be true to the facts, Cleopatra was Macedonian (Greek). We were looking for a Macedonian (Greek) actress that could fit Cleopatra. She wasn’t there, and I was very passionate about Cleopatra.”- Israeli actress Gal Gadot in an interview with BBC. History tells us that Cleopatra was not Egyptian as…

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    14 Awesome Greek Wedding Rituals and Traditions

    You know what to expect at a Greek wedding if you grew up in a Greek community or the Greek Orthodox Church. If you’re going to a Greek wedding for the first time, there are some things you should know about the symbolism in an Orthodox ceremony, as well as the customs and traditions that make a Greek wedding so special. “Vows are not exchanged in the Orthodox Church since the couple’s pledge to God is to care for one another,” Father Papadopolous explains. “They swear to God that they will adore him without conditions. This is why the couple does not face one other, but rather faces ahead to…

  • 10 Hollywood Celebrities With Greek Roots

    We all know that Hollywood has many stars, and some have origin from Greece! Like most of us know the beautiful Greek American Melina Kanakaredes of ‘CSI New York’ that has also starred in movies with Robert Deniro. Moreover, we know the hilarious Hangover star, Zack Galifianakis, who is half Greek, from his dad’s Cretan side. As if the long last name didn’t give it away! We all know John Stamos as a Greek God or Uncle Jesse! He’s half Greek and his late dad, Bill Stamos, was from the mountainous village of Kakouri, in the Southern Peloponesse in Arcadia, Greece. See more on John Stamos There are many Greek…

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    Top 10 Reasons You Should Marry A Greek Girl

    Before anyone may be offended in our ultra sensitive world of 2021, all ethnicities are unique and beautiful in their own way. That being said, Greek girls make great girlfriends (and later wives) for a multitude of reasons, including a love of dancing and celebrating life with “kefi”, resilience, strength, compassion, delicious food, and a rich cultural heritage, among many more things. Have you ever wanted to marry a Greek girl? Well, there are many amazing reasons why you should. To all our readers who are an ‘Ellinida’, how many of the qualities below do you agree with or see in yourself? Let us know in the comments below. 1.…

  • Vicky Safra: The Richest Greek Woman in the World Inherits 90B Empire

    Meet the richest Greek woman in the world, Vicky Safra. The guarded Greek widow is inheriting a 90 billion dollar banking empire. This massive fortune was left to her by her late husband, Brazil’s richest man, financier Joseph Safra, who passed away in December of 2020.  With banks on three continents and the Gherkin tower in London, Joseph Safra was Brazil’s richest man. He was a Sephardic Jew. Joseph and Vicky’s four adult children each got a percentage of Joseph’s inheritance, totalling $7.9 billion according to Forbes. Vicky Safra, a Greek citizen, has lived in Brazil and Switzerland for many years. Vicky and Joseph Safra have 4 children (and 14…

  • The Top 20 Greek Last Names

    Most Greek last names are very unique, long and difficult for many other cultures to pronounce. The most common Greek last name of all…Papadopoulos! In Greece, the Papadopoulos last name is like “Smith”. A research study was undertaken by the Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP) to determine the most common Greek surnames. Listed below are the Top 20, with Papadopoulos, of course, in 1st place right at the top. Have a look and let us know if you have one of these last names in our comments! # 1. PAPADOPOULOS (Son of the Priest) # 2. PAPPAS (Priest) # 3. KARAGIANNIS (Black-haired Giannis, “Kara” in Turkish means black)…

  • The Top 20 Greek Baby Names

    If you’ve seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which you probably have, if you’re a non Greek you might think that in Greece there are only two or three most common Greek names. No, not everyone is named Niko and most certainly not Anita. 40 percent of Greek men have one of the top five names, and 60 percent have a name in the top 10. For women, 30%, 3 in every 10 Greek women have one of these most common top five names. Moreover, it is still common for Greek parents to stick to tradition and name their children after their grandparents. According to Greek tradition, the husband typically…

  • 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…

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