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Holidays & Observances in Greece

Greece is a southern European country made up of many different islands as well as a main land. It has a rich cultural history that the modern people are still strongly connected to. Art, architecture, and philosophy all have roots in ancient Greek culture. The ancient polytheistic religion of Greece is no longer practiced there, but it is still an important part of the modern culture. Greek mythology is studied not only in Greece, but all around the world. Today Greece is one of the most religious countries in Europe, with most of the population belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church. Christian holidays are very important across the country. Many of them are given as days of work by most businesses.

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Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
New Year's Eve Popular & Widely Observed
New Year's Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Epiphany Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Orthodox
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ash Wednesday/Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Kathari Deftera Public, Religious/Beliefs
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Annunciation Day Public, Religious/Beliefs
Greek Independence Day Public
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Maundy Thursday Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Orthodox
Orthodox Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Orthodox
Holy Saturday Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Orthodox
Orthodox Easter Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Orthodox
Orthodox Easter Monday Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Orthodox
May Day / Labor Day Popular & Widely Observed
Pentecost / Whit Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Holy Spirit Monday Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Dormition of the Holy Virgin / Assumption Day Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ochi (Ohi) Day in Greece Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Polytechneio Day Popular & Widely Observed
Armed Forces Day Noteworthy & Common