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Ticket sales for Manowar’s Greek performance starts soon February 19, 2007

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On the 19th of February, the ticket sale for Manowar’s upcoming performance in Greece will begin.

Manowar will visit Athens on the 4th of April, 2007, together with Rhapsody Of Fire and Holyhell as part of the Demons, Dragons and Warriors Tour.

More information about this spectacle, which takes place in the “Hellenikon Fencing Olympic Complex” can be found on www.marchmetalday.gr

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Greek Eleni Daniilidou beats Li at Dubai Open February 19, 2007

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Eleni Daniilidou of Greece defeated seventh-seeded Li Na of China in the first round of the Dubai Open on Monday.

No. 42 Daniilidou beat 16th-ranked Li 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a match that lasted just over three hours.

Maria Kirilenko of Russia also advanced to the second round after beating wild card Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-3, 6-0. “It was a really easy match for me. I think I did some right things in the match and that helped,” Kirilenko said.

Alicia Molik of Australia beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany 6-3, 6-4. Defending champion and second-ranked Justine Henin had a bye in the first round.

The tournament, which runs until Saturday, also features third-ranked Amelie Mauresmo, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Martina Hingis.

KPN’s Sympac in partnership with Tim Hellas February 19, 2007

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Dutch telecommunications operator Royal KPN said Monday that its European mobile service provider Sympac has formed a partnership with Greece based telecom operator Tim Hellas.

The co-operation between Sympac and Tim Hellas will offer international companies a customized service for European mobile communications and opportunities for strict cost control.

Sympac offers services in Europe via own and through partner mobile network operators that are active in all the main European markets. With this new partnership, Sympac is now also able to deliver services in Greece. Multinational companies with offices in Greece can now benefit from Sympac’s international proposition.

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Clean Monday celebrated throughout Greece February 19, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Culture.
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Clean Monday, the beginning of 40-day period of Lent ahead of Easter, was celebrated throughout the country with tens of thousands of urban dwellers again heading to the provinces and countryside for a three-day weekend complete with traditional meals of Lenten foods and kite flying.

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Thousands of Athens residents flocked to the Acropolis-area Pnyx and Philopappou Hills on Clean Monday, February 19, 2007, to mark the beginning of Lent in the predominately Eastern Orthodox country. The decades-old tradition of kite flying on the specific religious holiday also unofficially heralds the coming of spring in a few weeks’ time.

Traffic police were expectedly on alert over throughout the long weekend around the country’s national highways to facilitate drivers and excursionists in view of religious holiday exodus. Traffic measures were being taken in central Athens and the suburbs, ports, railway and bus stations and airports to facilitate traffic. Trucks were not allowed on the roads from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday and from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Clean Monday as motorists faced mostly rainy conditions on their return.

On his part, Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis went to Philopappou Hill, a traditional site for Athenians to spend Clean Monday over the decades, where he announced that three hectares of new green space will be created in the congested Greek capital from running current metro lines underground in the Sepolia district.

Revelers celebrated Clean Monday in Galaxidi, near Delphi, yesterday with a colorful ‘flour war,’ a traditional activity marking the end of the Carnival season and the start of Lent. The climax of the Carnival period was celebrated all over the country yesterday and on Sunday with 30,000 revelers joining a parade in Patras.

Winds were strong enough for kite-flying enthusiasts to enjoy the traditional Clean Monday pastime but Thessaloniki Prefect Panayiotis Psomiadis failed to get a giant kite, measuring 30 square meters, off the ground in the northern city.

Carnival celebrations held throughout Greece February 19, 2007

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Events marking the last weekend of Carnival before the start of Lent culminated around Greece on Sunday, with the biggest celebrations held in the western port city of Patras.

The Carnival was held in mostly rainy and windy weather throughout the country. The Carnival in Athens was held in the suburb of Moschato. The Carnival in Xanthi constituted one of the biggest celebrations throughout northern Greece. The Patras Carnival came a year after the city assumed the cultural capital of Europe series of events.

Utah’s Greek-Americans February 19, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora.
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The subject of Utah’s Greek-Americans conjures images of honey-laced layers of dough and nuts that combine to create the rich baklava dessert, or perhaps tangy lemon-rice and beef wrapped in a grape leaf to make dolmates.

While Greek culinary fare offers a sampling of the community’s traditions, it is just part of the recipe for Greek life in Utah. Add to it rich immigrant history, blend in Greek Orthodox faith, and combine with family heritage and love, and the formula for KUED’s new documentary is complete. Utah’s Greek-Americans aired on KUED-Channel 7 in December 2000.

Part of the Many Faces, Many Voices outreach project that celebrates ethnic and cultural diversity, the program was produced and written by Kathleen Fletcher Weiler.

The documentary chronicles the arrival of Greeks in the Intermountain West, many of whom came to America at a time when the country needed cheap labor for the rapid industrialization of the West. Before long Greeks were the dominant labor force in the Intermountain West’s railroads, coal and metal mines, smelters and construction crews. Mining towns in Bingham and Carbon County were booming.

“They thought they would stay for a short time, sojourners,” says local historian and author Helen Papanikolas. “But they kept staying to send money for their sister’s dowery. A girl could not marry without a dowery and poor people didn’t have money for doweries. They also wanted to help their parents because Greece was impoverished.”

As a visible and vibrant community today, the Greek-American people owe much to their early immigrant ancestors who in spite of adverse conditions, shaped the Greek-American identity.

Stephanie Pappas and sister Denise Gianopoulos of Salt Lake City share stories about their cultural heritage in the documentary.

“My generation owes a lot to the first generation,” says Mike Korologos,” who is featured in the program. “They came here penniless. Can you imagine now going to some country where you don’t know the language and starting from scratch? We owe a lot to those old timers for teaching us how to work and how to get educated and that’s paying off.”

Utah’s Greek-Americans highlights contemporary Hellenic traditions by giving viewers an inside view of the Greek Orthodox faith, the annual Greek Festivals in Salt Lake City and Price, Orthodox weddings and baptisms. Religious leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church explain how their congregations provide spiritual guidance for members through deep-rooted traditions.

Utah’s Greek-Americans is made possible by generous grants from: The R. Harold Burton Foundation, The Hellenic Cultural Association, The Herbert I. and Elsa B. Michael Foundation, and the C. Comstock Clayton Foundation.

Related Links > http://www.kued.org/productions/greeks/index.html