Saturday, September 5, 2009

Greek Festival In Victoria BC


Ioánnis Fokás (Greek: Ιωάννης Φωκάς), better known by the Spanish transcription of his name, Juan de Fuca (born 1536 on the Ionian island of Kefallonia; died there 1602), was a Greek maritime pilot in the service of the Spanish king Philip II, best known for his claim to have explored the Strait of Anián, now known as the Strait of Juan de Fuca.The Victoria and Vancouver Island Greek Community Society is a non-profit society that operates a community centre in Victoria, BC, Canada. There is a rich history of Greeks in Victoria starting with the first Greek that visited Vancouver Island in 1592, Juan de Fuca (Ioannis Focas - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_de_Fuca). Since that time, Greeks have been a part of life on Vancouver Island.

The hours of the Victoria Greek Summer Food Festival are:
Wednesday September 2 - Monday September 7
11 AM to 10 PM.
ADMISSION IS FREE.
HUGE tent is set up so you can enjoy the festivities RAIN OR SHINE!!

Dont SMS and drive - Im not kidding

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Need tickets? Accomodations? Book your next trip to Greece with Jervisbayholidays !!

To pathos tou Ellina - Bravo to palikari kai bravo tin Alexiou pou ton kalese pano stin pista !!!!! The true passion of a Greek!!!





Greek Songs - Ellinika Tragoudia
Greek Music - Elliniki mousiki




Zeibekiko
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Zeibekiko is common in Greece and areas around the world with large Greek populations. Throughout history it has been known as an intensely personal dance where people can express their individuality. Only one man at a time may dance it. If another got up, it would be a cause for conflict and possible violence. However, in the 21st century a certain dance etiquette has evolved, seeing men either wait until the dancing man stops and then begin dancing, or standing up so the dancer gives them his place. In contemporary society, women may dance also the Zeibekiko. Traditionally, applause was not sought nor commonly given, out of respect. This did not, however, lessen creativity, with dancers performing feats such as standing on a glass of wine or a chair or fireplace, or picking up a table, adding a sense of little braggadocio and humor. Zeibekiko songs are popular and vast - some of the more traditional Zeibekiko songs are To Zeimpekiko Ths Eudokias.

Oreo Zembekiko, bravo tous !!


Manolis Karandinis Karantinis Zebekiko Solo Bouzouki

Greek Goddess - Despina Vandi - Nice Mix of her songs








Greek deities Aphrodite and her son Eros have settled here on Earth and are in the matchmaking business in this romantic dramedy from The CW. In this weekends episode, the gods help bring together a movie star and the runner of a struggling Los Angeles movie theater.

The show focuses on the Valentine family, a group of gods living amongst humans. They must keep their true identities secret as they do whatever it takes to bring soulmates together. In modern times however the gods’ methods have become less effective, and unless they improve their matchmaking skills they will end up becoming mortal.

As a result Grace, aka the goddess Aphrodite, has decided to recruit romance novelist Kate Providence to help them adapt their skills. With help from the fates and the Oracle of Delphi, now housed in a hot tub, it’s up to the gods and Kate to help bring love back into people’s lives.




Welcome to Philoxenia. Ancient Greeks invested on Philoxenia and they conquered the world. Zeus Xenios was the patron of all strangers.

http://philoxenia.ning.com



Ancient Greece Odyssey: A Traveler's Journal



http://www.squidoo.com/odyssey

Greek Fires - August 2009

Envisat’s Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) acquired this image of Greece on 22 August 2009 at 08:37 UTC (11:37 Greece local time). The smoke from the fires raging in the area of Grammatikos, north of Athens, is visible.






Greek fires: Your stories
Greek wildfires: Your pictures




Beautiful Greek photos





Antonis Remos





Melina Aslanidou - To lathos - AFIEROMENO




Karantinis and what a song !



Young Alexiou



Ax more smirnaki - from the tv series, Ta matomena homata



Being from Thrace, I grew up dancing to this song



Arvanitaki Live - Barka





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This moving exhibition captures the stories, the successes, the failures, the conflicts and the previously unrecognised diversity of Australia's Greek migration and settlement over the past two centuries.

From field trips made around Australia and Greece over the past 16 years, Effy Alexakis and Leonard Janiszewski painstakingly pieced together the giant jigsaw puzzle of Australia's Greek presence, both historic and contemporary.



"Touch of spice" influences from the past into our modern cuisine.

bir tutam baharatla gitti/ Went away with a pinch of spice
çarsi içinde bir gölge/ a shadow in the bazaar /market
ve yollarina tuz serdi/ And it spread salt on its ways
seni bulayim gizlilerde/ Let me find you in the hidden ones

baharat, tarçin ve buse/ Spice, cinnamon and kiss
tavan arasinda sakli tarife/ The recipe hidden in the attic
ayisigi ve bogaziçi yalniz/ Moonlight and the Bosphorus alone
o fener bizim çocukluk askimiz/ That lighthouse is our childhood love

beni biraktigin o gece/ You left me that night
seni aradim gizlilerde/ I looked for you in the hidden ones
bir tutam bahatrata kandim/ I was fooled by a pinch of spice
ben aciyi tattim seninle/ I have tasted bitterness (or spiciness) with you

bir tutam baharatla gitti/ Went away with a pinch of spice
çarsi içinde bir gölge/ A shadow in the market

From the movie Politiki Kouzina / Touch of spice




IMMIGRATION
Greek Immigrants to the U.S.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of State, Greek Immigration picked up in the 1890s, due largely to economic opportunity in the U.S., displacement caused by the hardships of Ottoman rule, the Balkan Wars and World War I. 450,000 Greeks arrived to the States between 1890 and 1917, most working in the cities of the Northeast.

Greek immigration at this time was over 90% male, contrasted with most other European immigration to the U.S., such as Italian and Irish immigration which averaged 50% to 60% male. Many Greek immigrants expected to work and return to their homeland after earning capital and dowries for their families. Two factors changed attitudes and facilitated permanent immigration: 1) Loss of homeland and 2) The first widely implemented U.S. immigration limits against Europeans were made in 1923, creating an impetus for immigrants to apply for citizenship, bring their families and permanently settle in the U.S. Fewer than 30,000 Greek immigrants arrived in the U.S. between 1925 and 1945, many of whom were "picture brides" for single Greek men.

From 1946 until 1982, approximately 211,000 Greeks immigrated to the United States. After the 1981 admission of Greece to the European Union, annual U.S. immigration numbers fell to lower than 2,000. In recent years, Greek immigration to the United States has been minimal; in fact, net migration has been towards Greece. Over 72,000 U.S. citizens currently live in Greece (1999); most of them are Greek Americans.

The predominant religion among Greeks and Greek Americans is Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

Greek immigration to Canada began early in the 19th century. Greeks from the islands (eg, Crete, Syros and Skopelos) and from the Peloponnesus, especially the poor villages of the provinces of Arcadia and Laconia, settled in Montréal as early as 1843. However, in 1871 only 39 persons of Greek origin were known to be living in Canada. Greek immigration, sporadic prior to 1900, increased considerably in the early 20th century as a result of poverty, wars and political upheavals at home. The 2006 census recorded 242 685 people of Greek origin in Canada. These numbers, however, do not necessarily include those Greeks born in other countries such as Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey and the Balkan countries who identify themselves as Greeks.

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http://www.greek-islands.us/greece-hot-springs/

Ta Loutra Tis Elladas" (Greece's hot Springs) that helped me gather all this information. It's the result of a group work from Kostas Zaharopoulos, Ilias Barbikas, Giorgos Christodoulopoulos, Pepi Loulakaki and Christos Schinas.

List of Islands with Healing waters.