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Dionysius of Zakyanthos

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture, History

Dionysius of Zakyanthos Saint Dionysius of Zakynthos is a profound figure of the Greek Orthodox Church. He followed a humble and spiritual path in life that later saw the recognition of his sainthood and the miraculous preservation of his body. Life Saint Dionysius was born in 1547 to a wealthy family who provided him with theological education and the knowledge of several foreign languages that enhanced his distinguished intellect and spirituality.   After the death of his parents, at the age of 20, he decided to devote his life to God, become a monk and lead an ascetic life. In 1560 he…

Saint Anthimos of Chios

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Museums, Travel

Saint Anthimos of Chios In our home, we have a photograph of Saint Anthimos of Chios. That’s right, a photograph. We also have icons of the blessed Saint. But the photograph to me always made so much more of an impression, it was so much more personal, as if I could reach out and kiss his hand, just as my grandmother, and even my father, had done only decades ago. The saints I learned about growing up where sainted almost two thousand years ago, but Saint Anthimos, was canonized not even 25 years ago…   Born Argyrios Vagianos on the…

Fall, In Love with Greece

09.09.2016 in Travel

Fall, In Love with Greece Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;   John Keats, To Autumn   Most people identify Greece with golden, sandy beaches and the warm, salty breezes of the Aegean and the Ionian Sea ─exclusively associated to none other than the magical summer months. There are, however, (at least!) three more months that are worth considering when making travel plans to the land of the Olympian Gods: September, October and November, namely the Fall…

Markos Kampanis: A Man of Many Talents

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture

Markos Kampanis: A Man of Many Talents To say Markos Kampanis is a painter of great talent, is a sheer understatement. Kampanis is an artist with skill in many fields, printmaking, book illustrations, church murals and icons – his portfolio is vast and diverse. His work has been shown throughout Greece and also graces the walls of many holy institutions, including a number of monasteries of Mount Athos.   This autumn season, Politismos is proud to present an exhibit curated by Markos Kampanis. We had an opportunity talk with him before the release to learn a bit more about this…

Effortless Trahana Soup with Tomato and Fresh Goat Cheese

09.09.2016 in Gastronomy

Effortless Trahana Soup with Tomato and Fresh Goat Cheese By Vassilis and Anastasia of Cookouvagia.com   Trahana belongs to the big family of pasta.  Trahana soup can soothe your soul in the cold…   There are a lot of variations: Trahana can be sweet or sour, fine or chunky, vegan or not. The basic ingredients of the dough from which trahana is made is flour and milk.   The dough is then cut in small pieces of same thickness and spread out on a white sheet in order to dry. This procedure is best done in a well-ventilated room and…

Becky Yerocostas: Inspiring Young Hellenes

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture, History

Becky Yerocostas: Inspiring Young Hellenes Socrates said, “Anyone can be a Hellene, by their heart, their mind, their spirit.” For years now, Becky Yerocostas has been creating and inspiring young “Hellenes.” First as a Greek School teacher in her local church community, and now she has expanded her influence, sharing Greek history, culture and tradition with young scholars in Northern California.   Q.Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am the proud mother of four wonderful children, and a teacher who is very passionate about my heritage. First, I was a teacher, and then I became the Director of the…

St. Nektarios: The Saint of the 20th Century

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Travel

St. Nektarios: The Saint of the 20th Century Teacher, writer, reverend father…. Saint Nektarios tended and cared for those who heeded his teachings, and even those who did not. Though he lived a life faced with many challenges, the Church today reveres his life and many contributions.   If asked what St. Nektarios means to me, I would answer much more than just the fact that we have the same name…   Born as a premature baby, weighing just a bit over three pounds, I was critically ill, and my parents prayed. They prayed and promised to name me after…