Travelling In Greece: Holidays & Festivals

Travelling In Greece: Holidays & Festivals

Greece is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. International Rail provide the Greece rail pass & train ticket for travelling in Greece.

Travel in Greece

Rating in the top 20 places to visit, Greece is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. As stated by the Greek Ministry of Tourism, Greece welcomed around 20 million visitors in 2015. This is a huge number for a small country with a population of just under 11 million people!

Visitors are attracted to trusted bright summer weather, the nation's beaches, its nightlife, historical sites and its natural beauty.

Visitors often arrive in Greece with very specific thoughts in mind about what they would find only to find a country with massive regional and architectural diversity.

The famous whitewashed houses and enchanting blue-domed churches are only found in one specific area (the Cyclades Islands). Visitors will locate Neoclassical architecture in the cities of Ermoupolis and Nafplion, Ottoman- affected buildings in Kozani and Grevena, whitewashed Cycladic houses on the island of Paros, and pale-coloured churches and baroque houses on Corfu. The terrain in the nation is equally as varied as its architectural tradition, complete with idyllic shores, towering mountain ranges, wine-producing valleys, vast expanses of olive orchards in the south, and verdant woods in the north.

The historical sights in Greece are equally as vast; the state has nearly as many medieval churches and fortresses as temples and classical ruins.

Greece has many national public holidays, here are the major ones:

The Following Are National Public Holidays

  • New Year's Day - 1 Jan
  • Epiphany - 6 Jan
  • Shrove Monday (First day of Lent) - movable (next: 23 Feb 2015 / 14 Mar 2016)
  • Independence Day and The Annunciation - 25 Mar
  • Good Friday - movable (next 10 Apr 2015 / 29 Apr 2016 )
  • Easter Sunday - movable (next: 12 Apr 2015 / 1 May 2016)
  • Easter Monday - movable (next: 13 Apr 2015 / 2 May 2016)
  • May Day / Labor Day - 1 May
  • Pentecost Whit Sunday - movable (next: 31 May 2015 / 19 Jun 2016)
  • Pentecost Whit Monday - movable (next: 1 June 2015 / 20 Jun 2016)
  • Assumption of Our Lady - 15 Aug
  • WWII Day / "OHI(no) Day" - 28 Oct
  • Christmas - 25 Dec
  • Boxing Day - 26 Dec

The country's three most significant holidays are Easter, Christmas, and Assumption.

Christmas will usually be a private, family holiday, but decorations and lights adorn city squares all over the nation. Assumption Day is a major summer festival for islands and a lot of towns. Easter weekend could very well be the most flamboyant of all holidays with religious processions on Good Friday and then on the following Saturday evening culminate on Easter morning, in exuberant fireworks at midnight.

Contrary to most national holidays in other nations, Independence Day in Greece is a holiday that is very sober. There's a large armed forces parade in Athens and a school flag parade in every town and village.

Although not an official holiday, pre-Lenten carnival -or apokries- is a major party in cities through the nation, with Patras sponsoring the nation's biggest and most well-known occasions. Carnival season comes to an opulent end the weekend before Lent starts, with float parades, costumes, and respective regional conventions.

Along with national holidays and parties, areas and many towns have their particular regional festivals commemorating local patron saints various historical events, or wine harvests.

It is also important to remember that the Greek Orthodox Church uses an alternative technique to decide on the date of Easter from the Protestant churches and the Roman Catholic Church. Thus, Greek Orthodox Easter and (derived from that) Holy Week and Pentecost generally fall a couple of weeks later than their Roman Catholic and Protestant counterparts, but they do occasionally coincide (as will be the situation for 2017 and 2025).

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