This past weekend my husband, daughter and I attended the annual Greek Festival in Denver. My husband was born and raised in Greece and this is a fun, local way for all of us to connect with his culture. This year marked the 50th Anniversary of the event which brings people together to enjoy Greek art, dancing, music, and food.
I always enjoy listening to the live music, particularly the bouzouki – the most popular Greek instrument. Watching the children perform traditional folk dances in full costume is also a highlight. Then there’s the food… gyros, souvlaki, calamari, dolmathes, and lots of sweets! This year I tried thiples for the first time – a rolled pastry dipped in syrup, deep-fried, and topped with nuts. YUM! I think I will be asking my mother-in-law for this recipe! I also picked up another evil eye (a safeguard against bad fortune) to hang in my car.
Look for local cultural celebrations in your area, and share these rich experiences with your children. Bring a taste of Greece into your home with these recipes and book suggestions below.
If You Were Me and Lived in Greece Early learners get a taste of what their life would be like if they lived in Greece while being introduced to the birthplace of democracy.
Greece From the new A True Book series, this nonfiction book includes sidebars, a glossary and index, plus a “To Find Out More” section listing books, organizations, and Internet sites.
Greece (A to Z) Describes the geography, history, culture, industry, and people of Greece
Look What Came From Greece A look at Greece’s contributions, from government and democracy to medicine, plays the Olympics, and more
Explore Ancient Greece! Investigate the interesting civilization of Ancient Greece through projects, games, and activities.
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths A great collection of the great gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece.
Cultural Traditions in Greece Check out some of the holidays and festivals of Greece.
We’re From Greece Find out what school and home is like for children in Greece.
The Classic Treasury of Aesop’s Fables The Tortoise and the Hare, The Goose Who Laid the Golden Eggs, and more!