Greek Language and Culture

Greek Songs for Children

1. ΑΧ ΚΟΥΝΕΛΑΚΙ ΑΧ ΚΟΥΝΕΛΑΚΙ ΚΟΥΝΕΛΑΚΙ ΞΥΛΟ ΠΟΥ ΘΑ ΤΟ ΦΑΣ ΜΕΣΑ ΣΕ ΞΕΝΟ ΠΕΡΙΒΟΛΑΚΙ ΤΡΥΠΕΣ ΓΙΑΤΙ ΤΡΥΠΑΣ ΜΕΣΑ ΣΕ ΞΕΝΟ ΠΕΡΙΒΟΛΑΚΙ ΤΡΥΠΕΣ ΓΙΑΤΙ ΤΡΥΠΑΣ ΑΧ ΚΟΥΝΕΛΑΚΙ ΚΟΥΝΕΛΑΚΙ ΞΥΛΟ ΠΟΥ ΘΑ ΤΟ ΦΑΣ ΜΗ ΜΟΥ ΣΟΥΦΡΩΝΕΙΣ ΤΗ ΜΥΤΟΥΛΑ ΜΗ ΜΟΥ ΚΟΥΝΑΣ Τ’ ΑΦΤΙΑ ΜΗ ΜΟΥ ΤΟ ΚΛΕΙΝΕΙΣ ΤΟ ΜΑΤΑΚΙ ΕΙΣΑΙ ΜΙΑ ΖΩΓΡΑΦΙΑ ΜΗ ΜΟΥ ΣΟΥΦΡΩΝΕΙΣ …

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Common Greek Surnames

Throughout history, ancient Greeks did not have official last names, but they did have some patronymic characteristics (i.e., Achilles was Achilles Pileidis from his father Pileas). “Patronymics” means that Greek surnames usually come from the first name of the father of the family. So if someone’s last name is Demetriou, that means that the surname came …

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Greek Common Names

Greek children do not celebrate birthdays instead they celebrate their “name day”.  Their name day is the day of the Greek Orthodox saint they were named after.   Traditionally, the eldest child in a Greek family is named for one of their grandparents. Popular Girls’ Names Maria Eleni Aikaterini Katerina Vasiliki Basiliki Sophia Angeliki Georgia Dimitra …

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Greek Fashion

Much of today’s fashionable clothing was once simple clothing worn by ancient Greeks. In Ancient Greece people wore outfits made from one piece of fabric with holes cut out for the head called the peplos and chiton. The peplos was sleeveless and the chiton covered part of the arms. In colder weather, people could wear …

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Greek Fun Facts

Greece is one of the oldest cultures in Europe.  Ancient Greek culture has had a strong influence on the government, the arts and ideas for the western world. The Greeks had the first democracy in the world. They were the first people to have an alphabet.  In fact the word “alphabet” comes from the first …

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Hopscotch to Craps; Traditional Greek Children's Games

CRIPPLING: The  children  rule  a  rectangle  on  the  cement  and  using  parallel  lines , they  divide it  into 4 parts , the stairs”. The  first  3  should be equivalent to one another , but  the last one  is  about  3x  bigger  than  the  others  and  it  is   called “king”. The children number the stairs and …

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