holidays & leisure

Holidays and Festivities (2016)

National holidays

Date English Name Greek Name
1 January New Year’s Day Protochroniá
6 January Epiphany or Theophany Theophánia
moveable
Easter – 48 days
( 14 March 2016)
Clean Monday or

Shrove Monday

Kathará Deftéra
25 March Annunciation Evangelismós tis Theotókou
Independence Day Ikostí-pémpti Martíou
(lit. 25th March)
moveable
( 29 April 2016)
Good Friday Megáli Paraskeví
moveable Easter Sunday Kiriakí tou Páscha
moveable
Easter + 1 day
(2 May 2016)
Easter Monday Deftéra tou Páscha
1 May Labour Day Ergatikí Protomagiá
(lit. 1st May of the Workers)
moveable
Easter + 49 days
Pentecost  or

Whit Sunday

Pentikostí
(lit. 50th day)
moveable
Easter + 50 days
Next: 20 June 2016
Pentecost Monday

or

Whit Monday

Deftéra Pentikostís
(lit. Pentecost Monday)or Agíou Pnévmatos
(lit. Of the Holy Spirit)
15 August Assumption or Dormition of the Holy Virgin Kímisi tis Theotókou
28 October Ochi Day ‘To Ochi’ or ‘Imera tou Ochi’
(lit. Day of the «No»)
25 December Christmas Christoúyenna
26 December Glorifying Mother of God Sínaxis Yperagías Theotókou Marías

 

School Holidays 2016

Christmas holidays:        2 weeks

Easter holidays:                2 weeks

Summer holidays:           9 weeks

Additional school holidays:        17 November     Polytechnio Day

30 January           Tris Hierarches Day

 

 

Leisure

There is a variety of leisure activities that Greek people of all ages enjoy. The warm and pleasant climate allows for social interactions indoors as well as outdoors, in bustling town centres and open air markets. The Greeks’ love of coffee and food, in all its shapes and forms, is evident any given day of the week, especially the weekends, when shops are busy welcoming customers, who then treat themselves to a coffee with friends.

 

The Greeks are also keen on the arts, especially the cinema and theatre, as well as open-air concerts. Greece is the home to great music halls, such as Megaron Musikis in Athens and in Thessaloniki, where a variety of shows are staged every year. Every summer around Greece town councils organize a variety of festivals mixing traditional culture and contemporary trends.  Ancient sites are often used to accommodate such festivals. The Epidavros Ancient theatre, for example, is a host of one of the most well-known theatre festivals in the world, attended by thousands of theatre enthusiasts every year.

Last but not least, Greeks are known sports and nature lovers. Our mountainous terrain and breathtaking landscape makes Greece an ideal destination for hikers from around the world. Crete is the home of the renowned Samaria Gorge, which hosts thousands of visitors every year. Greek beaches are also a key feature of our landscape and a vital part of Greek life. Our climate ensures that the crystal clear beaches can be enjoyed from spring to late autumn, not just for lounging and sunbathing, but also for partaking in more extreme sports such as kind surfing or wind surfing, which are becoming particularly popular lately. Also, younger people are increasingly socially conscious, evident in their enthusiasm for charity events such as charity runs, which take place throughout the year. Cycling, football, basketball, dancing are also very popular sports among the younger generation.

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