What culture-norms do I need to know before moving to Greece?

 

Of all the living cultures in the world, Greece is among the oldest. Contemporary Greek culture and traditions are very rich and diverse and reflect the location of Greece at the crossroads where the West meets the East and the great and turbulent history of the country.

Religion is a very important aspect of Greek culture. It is an integral part of daily life, even for those who do not strictly follow religious guidelines. Christmas is considered an important holiday, but Easter is the largest and most important holiday in Greece.


Greek society consists of close-knit families in which important social organizations have gradually evolved from the idea of ​​family. The institution of marriage also plays an important role in society. The word family in Greece refers to a particular social group whose members relate to kinship or marriage at different levels or in different forms or combinations.

This rich and tumultuous past has a great influence on contemporary lifestyle, the Greek perspective on the world, Greek music, food, customs and traditions, even on the way Greeks do business.

Greeks as a whole are extremely proud of their history, their cultural heritage and their contribution to literature, art, philosophy and politics. They speak with intense passion of their country as the birthplace of European civilization.


written by ILBE staff

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