Tag: Greek

Meaning of the Greek Flag

The Greek’s motto is “Eleftheria i Thanatos” or “Freedom or Death.” and is represented in the country’s flag. Blue represents the sea and sky, while white stands for the purity of the struggle of freedom. In the upper left-hand corner is the traditional Greek Orthodox cross.

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Greek Burial Customs

In Greece, the dead are always buried because the Greek Orthodox Church forbids cremation. Five years after a burial, the body is exhumed and the bones are first washed with wine and then placed in an ossuary, as part to relieve the shortage of land in Greek cemeteries.

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Real Name of Greece

The Greeks refer to their country as Hellas or Ellada and its official name is the Hellenic Republic. The English word “Greece” derives from the Latin Graecia, which literally means “The land of the Greeks.”

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Greek Spitting Custom

Greeks believe that spitting chases the devil and misfortune away. That is why when someone transfers bad news such as a death or an accident, the people who hear it will usually spit three times.

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Oldest Existing Written Language

Greek is considered the oldest written language still in existence with nearly five thousand years of continuous usage and is widely considered the richest and most influential worldwide since Latin, English, and Spanish.

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