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