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Holiday Calendar for Greece

Holiday Calendar for Greece for 2019-2020 year
While tourists mostly think of the islands, most Greeks actually live in the capital or Thessaloniki. The whole country has more than 250 days of sun on average. The amount of tourists is more than double the amount of Greeks during the summer.

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2019-2020 year

December 2019

January 2020

Friday 17 January - The Apocryan festival begins in Patras, Greece (Αποκριά takes three weeks. Patras is the largest city and port in the Peloponnese)
Thursday 30 January - Greece Teacher's Day; Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs (the Orthodox Church, for example, in Greece celebrates the Three Holy Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom)

February 2020

March 2020

Tuesday 10 March - Engineer's Day in Greece (Known across the engineering student community as "Hemera Mihanikou")

April 2020

Sunday 19 April - Filellin Day and International Solidarity in Greece (Decree of the President of Greece 130/2008 on the feast day of George (Lord) Byron)

May 2020

Sunday 10 May - Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)

June 2020

Sunday 21 June - Father's Day (Ńelebrated on the third Sunday of June řň Argentina, Aruba, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Kenya, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Venezuela, United Kingdom)

August 2020

Saturday 15 August - Feast day of the Assumption of Mary (Christian feast day, one of the Catholic holy days of obligation a public holiday in Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, and Vanuatu)

September 2020

October 2020

Tuesday 27 October - Greece Flag Day (There are many holidays when you can see the Greek flag fly from 8 a.m. to sunset)
Wednesday 28 October - Ohi Day (Greece, Cyprus and the Greek communities)

November 2020

Tuesday 17 November - Polytechneio in Greece (The Athens Polytechnic uprising occurred in November 1973 as a massive student demonstration of popular rejection of the Greek military junta of 1967–1974)

About some greek traditions

In fact, the country’s real name is the Hellenic Republic, and also Hellas, which is the original word for Greece. The Ancient Greeks held many festivals to honor the gods and goddesses. Greek gods were the superheroes of the universe.

Vasilopita is a Greek cake eaten during the new year celebrations. The Greeks believe that finding a coin in your slice of the New Year cake is believed to bring good luck.

They most often celebrate name days instead of birthdays. Most common Greek names are based on religious saints. There are more than 4000 traditional dances around the country.

The Greek language is unique and has continuously been used for more than 5000 years. The Greek alphabet was the first to use vowels.

The Athenian Democracy was a system dating back to the fifth century B.C. It was a system of direct democracy, where citizens with voting-rights voted directly on legislation and executive bills. The Olympic Games originated in Ancient Greece.

Ikaria is what the scientists call a “blue zone” where people have the longest lifespans in the world.

Emerald waters, beautiful beaches and sunsets, quaint villages, and warm and welcoming locals – the Greek Islands are an integral part of the country’s history, culture, and traditions. There are wild dolphins swimming in the Greek waters.
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