• The Greek Roots of John Stamos

    Hronia polla! Happy Name Day to the Greek-American actor/musician John Stamos today on this day of January 7th. Stamos was born on August 19, 1963, in California. He is half Greek as his father Bill was from the Greek village of Kakouri, a mountainous village in Tripoli, located in the southern Peloponnese (hand part) of Greece and his mother was American, former model Loretta Phillips. Stamos is most known for his 90’s role as Uncle Jesse Katsopolis on ABC’s Full House comedic sitcom and for also starring as Dr. Tony Gates on the medical TV show drama ER. Stamos has also played live with The Beach Boys in concert many…

  • The “Griko” Greeks of Southern Italy that Continue to Preserve Greek Culture

    Many people know of the impact that the Greeks have had on our society. It is often said that the Greeks invented everything, and in some cases this is true. The ancient Greeks laid the foundation for western civilization. They were the first to truly study mathematics, astronomy, medicine, philosophy and history. Thousands of years later their writings would be spread and taught around Europe and the Western world.  However, what most people may not realize is that the Greeks were also colonizers. Many cities began sprouting up on the coasts of the Mediterranean and Black sea in ancient Greece. The Greeks often immigrated because of a demographic crisis (famine, overcrowding,…

  • Shop Greek Products

    During these very difficult times worldwide it is VERY important that we support all small businesses and more so Greek businesses. With limitations and lockdowns, it is now easier to bring a piece of Greece into your home! Order the finest Greek products fast and securely online and even get some online Greek lessons and polish up your Greek language skills for your next summer vacation (hopefully soon). It takes a lifetime to discover Greece, but only an instant to fall in love with her (products). Our Greek Gateway Team is committed to bringing you the finest quality Greek products from Greece. Shipping is available throughout North America only at…

  • The Beauty of Greece During the Strange Holidays of 2020

    Greece continues to be in a even stricter lockdown as Coronavirus cases surge all over the country. Many countries in Europe and throughout the world are also in a lockdown. We are living in very unprecedented times that have dramatically changed our lives. Rather than publishing all negative news we wanted to share with you the beautiful Christmas lights in Syntagma Square and Omonia Square that spread a tiny bit of joy and cheer this year. Moreover, the New Years Eve fireworks under the amazing Acropolis that you may have missed that will leave you breathless! Happy New Year 2021 to all! We are hoping that 2021 is much healthier…

  • Greek Warrior Helmet from 7th Century BC Found in Croatia

    An incredible discovery that has arrived in 2020, and finally something perfect! A Hellenic warrior’s helmet from the 7th century BC was discovered in a stone tomb in Croatia.  More than 2,500 years ago, the helmet was laid in the soldier’s tomb, featuring the immediately recognisable open faced style.  Given that it has been inside the warrior’s tomb for many years, the Illyrian helmet is in exceptional condition. It was built during the 8th and 7th centuries BC by the Peloponnese, and since then it has lain in this rock-cut resting place in the southern Dalmatia region of Croatia.  Ancient arms and other treasures of the past, as well as…

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo and Family Quietly Gave Out Food in Greece

    The 2 time NBA MVP Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to the poor neighbourhood he grew up in to share a bit of love. Giannis loves his birthplace Greece and always speaks highly of Greece and his love for her. Giannis and his family visited a neighbourhood supermarket and quite literally, practically emptied all of the shelves, according to shocked employees who took to their own social media accounts to share the news of their star struck experience. Employees from the grocery store posed with Giannis and his family after their shopping spree first reported in a post by grocery store employees, Giannis, his brothers and mother, parked in front…

  • 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…

  • 86 Year Old Greek Baker in Greece Goes Viral with Traditional Phyllo Making

      Featured in a video by Business Insider, Hatziparaskos has gone viral in a video crafting some of Greece’s beloved handmade phyllo alongside his only employees — his wife Katerina and his son Paraskevas. The 86-year-old baker from Crete, Giorgos Hatziparaskos, is one of the last people in Greece who still makes the country’s famous multi-layered phyllo dough by hand.  Hatziparaskos is seen in a video by Business Insider, alongside his only staff, his wife Katerina and his son Paraskevas, crafting some of Greece’s beloved delicacies by hand.  In 1960, long before the emergence of large-scale, commercial baked goods, which had replaced traditional bakeries in much of Greece and around…

  • 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…

  • Greek Viral Videos

    We selected some of the best viral Greek videos you have ever seen! Enjoy and turn up the volume wherever you are in the world! Greek music is life, it heals the soul! Share these videos on Facebook and spread the joy and beauty of the Greek culture. Don’t forget tp “Like” and follow Greek Gateway for the best Greek related content on social media. We have over 1.3 million followers and counting on Facebook and Instagram. SEE MORE VIRAL GREEK VIDEOS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE