Greece

By Jessica Edlin and Brooke Gallup

Cultural Etiqutte

In many ways Greek and American culture are very different. However in modern times the two cultures are becoming more similar.

Public Etiqutte  

Greece
  • The Greek people are very family oriented.
  • When they meet they shake hands, if they know each other they often kiss each other on the cheek. Male friends often slap each other’s arm on the shoulder
  • Tipping the head down means yes and tipping the head up is a sign for no.
  • arriving late is considered punctual. Ex. half an hour late is considered on time.
  • Guests are treated like royalty.
  • They prefer face to face meetings instead of by phone or email
  • The "ok" sign is considered extremely rude.

America

  • More casual in comparison.
  • People greet with firm handshakes and exchanging of names.
  • It's best to be on time to appointments or other engagements.
  • The middle finger is considered a rude gesture.

Dining Etiqutte

Greece

  • Guests to a dinner party are usually expected to bring a small gift.
  • Arriving “late” is ok
  • When eating always finish your entire plate.
  • It is polite to ask for seconds as a complement to the chef
  • If you are eating out the person who extends the invitation pays.

America

  • Meals are generally shorter.
  • If you are invited to eat come on time and leave at an appropriate time.
  • RVSP to invitations to eat out.
  • If they are eating out the person who extends the invitation usually pays, or the bill is split between the people.
  • Forks are held in the left hand and knives are held in the right hand.
  • It is polite to not eat before the host starts eating.

Dating Etiqutte

Greece

  • A while ago dating meant marriage.
  • marriages were arranged and the bride’s family had to pay a dowry.
  • Dating is now much like the US.
  • dates could be anywhere from activities to a dinner.

America

  • Usually the guy asks out the girl to a date
  • Dating sometimes doesn't mean that they will be married
  • More casual than Greece
  • Activities like going to see a movie or going out for dinner are popular.

Weddings and Funerals

Weddings

Greece

  • They get engaged in front of their family and a party is followed after
  • The engagement ring is usually a pearl ring.
  • For weddings they have strict dates to follow, they cannot get married the first two weeks of August to honor the virgin Mary
  • For the groom the friends will help get him ready for the wedding
  • At the bottom of the brides shoe are the names of her unmarried friends so they will soon be married
  • Together the couple has to meet the priest of the church
  • they wear something blue so they will have good luck at their wedding

America

  • The groom asks the father permission to marry the bride.
  • There is a party following the engagement.
  • Rings have diamonds usually.
  • There are multiple parties before the wedding.
  • Normally there is a smaller ceremony with a larger reception after.

Funerals

Greece

  • they will not have them on sundays or holy saturday.
  • they have an additional ceremony just for the family that lasts up to an hour and a half.
  • After 9 days there is a memorial service held in their honor.
  • After the death of a family member the rest of the family goes into a 40 day mourning period.
  • Widows sometimes choose to wear black for the rest of their lives.

America

  • It's a tradition to wear black clothing to a funeral to symbolize mourning.
  • There is usually an open or closed casket ceremony.
  • Most families try to be buried in cemetery lots closer together.
  • There is usually a celebration of their life at or after the funeral service.

Holidays

Easter

Greece

  • there Easter date differs from our date on the calendar
  • Easter 2015 is the 12th of April
  • They dye eggs like us but instead of using all colors they only dye them the color red to represent Christ’s blood
  • The thursday before easter they call it there day of mourning
  • On this day they ring church bell all day
  • On the saturday they prepare meals for the next day, decorate the church, have church services, and much more

America

  • 2015 Easter is on the 5th of April.
  • Easter egg hunts and decorating eggs are common activities.
  • Many children look forward to treats from the Easter Bunny.
  • Special church services are held and many people have a large Easter feast after.
  • Christians commemorate Good Friday as the day Christ died and Easter sunday as the day he was resurrected.
  • Seen as a sign of Spring.

Typical Diet and Mealtimes

Typical Diet

Greece

  • More fresh foods as most buy their food daily at markets
  • Lots of seafood and lamb in their diets
  • Honey is popular topping for desserts or breakfast foods.
  • Many Greeks eat more olives and goat or sheep dairy products.
  • Roast lamb is made for important events.

America

  • Meals are generally larger because there are only three of them.
  • Breakfast foods are usually eggs and a meat such a sausage with toast or bacon. However a cold breakfast like cereal or yoghurt is popular as well.
  • Food is usually bought in larger amounts so it's not as fresh.
  • There is a larger quantity of beef products that are consumed
  • Fast food is very popular.
  • "Traditional" dishes almost don't exist because there are so many different cultures.

Mealtimes

America
  • 3 meals
  • Breakfast in the morning.
  • Lunch at midday.
  • Dinner at night around 5-6pm.
  • Dinner is usually the biggest and most important meal of the day.

Greece

  • Greece: Breakfast (proino) is not an important meal for them, they normally drink a cup a coffee and a slice of bread, sometimes nothing!
  • on their way to work they will normally stop and buy something for a mid-morning break
  • Dinner (Mesimeriano): this is the main meal of the day and it doesn't start until 2pm, they will go home and enjoy a meal with the whole family, they always have salad, meat and bread, and at the end they drink of bottle of red wine.
  • “Tea”(Vrathino) : they will meet for their last meal around 8:30-9ish, this is lighter meal served with salad and veggies.

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