Much Greek housing has traditionally been small and owner-built, and a high value is placed on home ownership. Indemocratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. Because of this, when people say the same thing together they must immediately follow by telling one another "piase kokkino" and both have to touch any red item they can find around them.
Certain foods are emblematic of the national identity, including moussaka, baklava, thick coffee, and resinated wine retsina.
Modern greek culture
On a specific day of each year the saint is celebrated by the church and anyone named after that saint celebrates 'Name Day'. Only the Peloponnesos, central Greece, and some of the Aegean Islands were included. The name day celebration is more important than birthdays in Greek culture and is celebrated by visits from friends and family with small gifts and good wishes. A high value is placed on economic flexibility, being one's own boss, and family-run enterprises. Both parents are actively involved in child rearing, along with grandparents and other relatives. Today, the economic landscape is sub par when compared to the rest of Europe. What has been gleaned about the social role and character of ancient Greek music comes largely from pottery and other forms of Greek art. It is mixed with ice or with a bit of water and is ideal to drink with all kinds of mezedes. There are, however, some things that remain consistent. An coup resulted in a constitutional monarchy, and another coup in led to expanded Houses in Santorini, Greece. Tsipouro is similar to ouzo but with a stronger taste of anis. There were nevertheless many arenas in which women asserted power or operated in a female-centered world.
Former bases of wealth and power disappeared with the departure of the Ottomans and the dismantling of agricultural estates. Municipalities elect leaders more on the basis of personal qualities than political affiliation, and candidates for local office often do not run on a party ticket.
Land Tenure and Property.
Local priests are encouraged to marry, but other members of the clergy may not. Continuing disputes and past wars are important parts of social memory, but since the Civil War there has been a different climate, especially since the end of the Cold War and the removal of most foreign troops.
The Greek spoken today is derived from Ancient Greek and is part of the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European language family.
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