Happy May Day 2019

Once again, spring is finally upon us, after a long and drich winter. Like every year, we will celebrate May Day the Greek way–with a nice wreath of flowers. This year, we’ll have the wee one to help with that (for once, we won’t scold her when she...

A Greek Easter

Easter was celebrated yesterday in Greece and I came across this video describing some of the Greek traditions, courtesy of the Greek Reporter: Interestingly enough, I only did four of them yesterday and hadn’t even heard of two ones (the burning of Judas and...

What Did Knights Have Against Snails?

Regular readers will be familiar with my fascination with Medieval manuscripts. I recently came across on Vintage News a detail I wasn’t aware of: that Medieval knights were often pictured fighting giant snails. Scrolls and manuscripts dating back to the 13th...

March 25: the Feast of Annunciation

Americans may be familiar with the Greek Independence Day parade, celebrated throughout the States this time of the year. Even though the parade may take place any day between now and April, in Greece, it always falls on March 25th. To understand why this is such a...

Merlin, Tamer of Dragons

Everyone knows the story of Merlin, the wizard genius behind Arthur’s reign. As the Vintage News reports, a chance discovery by historians at the University of Bristol added a new angle to the old tale: dragons. The historians found a set of important...

Merry Christmas With Carol Of The Bells

For this year’s Christmas wishes, I will start with a lovely rendition of one of my favorite carols, Carol of the Bells, sung here by Voices of Lee: The carol itself piqued my curiosity when I read a two-line description of its origins. According to this, it was...

The Value of Linguistic Fossils

The English language is a strange one, for sure, thanks to the Isles’ long history of war and conquest. Each wave of conquerors left its mark on the language, from the Romans to the Vikings and Normans. Antiquated rules can cast long shadows, as seen even today...