During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, Greece saw monarchies and ousting of royalty, fierce political fights, assassinations, and dictatorships, wars that added neighboring territories and new population, but also brought economic devastation and poverty.
Greeks define their natural and ethnic belonging through their culture and tradition.
Anyone who has seen the movie “My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding” knows this.
This rich and tumultuous past greatly influences contemporary lifestyle, the Greek perspective on the world, Greek music, food, customs and traditions, even the way Greeks do business.
Greeks as a whole are extremely proud of their history, their cultural heritage and their contribution to literature, art, philosophy and politics.
The extended family includes the conjugal family as well as ascendants of the husband and/or wife.
Interestingly, the National Statistical Service of Greece considers all people who live under the same roof to be members of the family, regardless of whether they are related.
As the Greek say, Orthodoxy is less an institution than a sentiment, expressed by the population and by the public powers.
Muslims, Jewish and Roman Catholic are the other religious groups of Greece.
Greece and Orthodoxy are closely connected due to the country’s historical past.