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2022

Greek Cultural Garden




St. Demetrious Greek Dance Troupe at Cleveland Cultural Gardens Gala

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) hosted a Gala event Friday October 28, 2022. Members of the St. Demetrious Dance Troupe performed.

St. Demetrious Dance Troupe

St. Demetrious Dance Troupe

The goal of the dance troupe is "to preserve the rich musical and dance heritage of all the regions of Greece and the Greek diaspora by teaching our dancers the pride of performing, while also acting as ambassadors to the Greater Cleveland community."

The troupe performed dances from the Naxos, Kalymnos, Icaria and Epiros and the popular and traditional Kalamatiano Greek dance was performed as a grand finale.

Photos and videos of the St. Demetrious Greek Dancers.


Greek Cultural Garden Signing Ceremony
The Gift of Greece to Civilization

The Hellenic Preservation Society (HPS) is commissioning an ambitious and exciting work for the Greek Cultural Garden, one of 35 (and growing) in a chain of Cultural Gardens in Cleveland Ohio. The Garden was dedicated in 1940 and has been sponsored by the HPS since 1992. The Hellenic Preservation Society has commissioned Master Stone Carver Nicholas Fairplay to sculpt a 5 x 15' stone relief to be installed on the Parthenon Wall featuring dozens of Greek cultural figures.

Banner for Greek Parthenon wall

The ceremony was held in the Greek Garden on September 4, 2022 with over 100 people attending despite the rain.

HPS Board, Nicholas Fairplay and ceremonial check

HPS Board, Nicholas Fairplay and ceremonial check


See photos and videos from the Greek Cultural Garden event


Greek community on One World Day

The Cleveland Greek community demonstrated their proud heritage at One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. One World Day has been the official event of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation since 1946. Over 40,000 people visited the gardens on One World Day 2022.

The Greek community participated in the Parade of Flags.

Greek Garden in Parade of Flags

Greek Garden in Parade of Flags


Greek Garden in Parade of Flags

Greek Garden in Parade of Flags

Here is a video of the entire Parade of Flags.

They then welcomed visitors to the Greek Garden and shared their culture.

Greek Garden on One World Day

Greek Garden on One World Day

Greek Garden on One World Day

See more of One World Day 2022.


2022 Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Festival

The annual Greek Festival at Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral featured delicious food and drink, Greek culture, camaraderie and music and dancing.

Food included gyros, souvlaki, smelts, keftethes, saganaki, stifado, fish piaki, baked lamb shank, moussaka, pastitsio, dolmades, spanakopita and much more. And of course there were desserts such as rizogalo, baklava, finikia, galaktobouriko, kataifi, koulourakia, tsoureki, loukoumathes and more.

Greek chef apron


A highlight was the dances performed by both the Junior and Senior Hellenic Dancers.

Senior Hellenic Dancers at Greek Festival

We have many videos of their performances of dances from all around Greece.

See videos and photos of the Greek Festival.


Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Saints Constantine & Helen Cathedral is a parish of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The word “Greek” in the church’s name refers both to the ethnic heritage of its founders and to the cultural roots of its history and theology. The church is open to people of all nationalities. Its mission is “To lead people to God through Orthodox Christianity and to provide ways for them to live and share God’s love.”

Each year they hold a very popular Greek festival sharing culture and friendship, music & dancing, as well great food, with neighbors.

They also offer tours of the beautiful Church.

In this video, Father Tom told about the Church and about Greek Orthodox liturgy. He told about the icons and shared the story of St. Constantine and his mother St. Helen.



See some pictures from inside the Saints Constantine & Helen Cathedral.


Congratulations Demetrios Anagnostos

The Diner on 55th was given the Favorite Diner Award by Cleveland101.com. Here is founder/owner Demetrios Anagnostos with the award plaque.

Demetrios Anagnostos

Demetrios Anagnostos



2021

Greek Cultural Garden on One World Day

The Greek community was represented in the Parade of Flags and in the Greek Cultural Garden on One World Day on August 29,2021.

Greek Cultural Garden in the Parade of Flags at One World Day 2021

Greek Cultural Garden in the Parade of Flags

Greek Cultural Garden in the Parade of Flags at One World Day 2021

Greek Cultural Garden at One World Day 2021

Greek Cultural Garden at One World Day 2021

One World Day in the Cultural Gardens 2021


2020

Greek Christmas Holiday Traditions

We asked community leaders of various ethnic heritages to share some holiday traditions of their culture. Rania Abbadi's mom is Greek and dad is Jordanian. Growing up they lived in Greece, England and Jordan.

She said, "We always celebrated the Greek way though, haha. Can't expect it differently since mom was in charge of the decorations, cooking and planning the activities for the Holidays. Dad was always working; he is an ENT doctor.

In Greece it's popular to decorate both Christmas trees and wooden boats. The picture is from my city (Thessaloniki) that shows a decorated ship in one of the main streets of the city.

a decorated ship in one of the main streets of the city of Thessaloniki in Greece

Decorated ship in one of the main streets of the city of Thessaloniki in Greece

See more of Greek Christmas


2019

Greek Cultural Garden at One World Day

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation hosted the 74th annual One World Day on August 25, 2019. Police estimates say that over 30,000 people visited the Gardens and attended One World Day. There was a lot of activity in the beautiful and historic Greek Cultural Garden.

See more from the 2019 One World Day.

A highlight of One World Day is the Parade of Flags where people in costumes of their heritage carry the flags. This year was undoubtedly the largest and most colorful in memory.

Greek Garden in the Parade of Flags

Greek Garden in the Parade of Flags


Video and pictures from the Parade of Flags at 2019 One World Day


2018

Greek community at annual International Cleveland Community Day at the Art Museum

International Cleveland Community Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art is a celebration of the rich diversity of our region’s multiethnic communities, featuring traditional music and dance performances, cultural displays, and ingallery experiences. The Greek community was well represented with the Hellenic Preservation Society display table.

Hellenic Preservation Society

Hellenic Preservation Society


There was also a performance by the St Paul Senior Hellenic Dancers.

Introduction of Saint Paul Senior Hellenic Dancers from Saint Paul Greek Orthodox Church in North Royalton Ohio

Saint Paul Senior Hellenic Dancers

See more from the Greek Community at the Art Museum


One World Day 2018

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) hosted the 73rd annual One World Day on September 16, 2018. A highlight is the Parade of Flags where people in costumes of their heritage carry the flags. The Greek Garden was represented in the Parade.

Greek Garden in Parade of Flags at 73rd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

Greek Garden in Parade of Flags


Greek Garden in Parade of Flags at 73rd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

See video, photos and more from the Parade of Flags

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2017

Winter formal wear of Greece at Cleveland multicultural party

A highlight of the 8th Annual ICC-WIN Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland was the International Fashion Show featuring almost 100 models from about 30 countries.

Eleni Papouras-Jenks wore the winter formal wear from the villages surrounding Thebes in mainland Greece. Brides were given this dress and draped in gold jewelry as part of their dowry and the headscarf would be wrapped. She would continue to wear it as a married woman with the headscarf thrown over the shoulders.

A man's Evzone costume would be based on clothing worn by the mountain men of mainland Greece during the war of Independence, with wool leggings and vest. By adding decorations to a velvet vest and putting 400 pleats in the foustanella kilt, it became the official uniform of those guarding the tomb of the Unknown Solder in Athens.

(Click on the white arrow to watch the video)



Eleni Papouras-Jenks representing Greece

Eleni Papouras-Jenks representing Greece


Eleni Papouras-Jenks representing Greece


See more from the Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration


Annunciation Senior Dance Troupe from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church at Art Museum

Young people from the Annunciation Senior Dance Troupe from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Tremont performed at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum.

Annunciation Senior Dance Troupe from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

Annunciation Senior Dance Troupe


Photos and videos of the Annunciation Senior Dance Troupe


Cleveland Greek Community at 72nd annual One World Day

Over 25,000 people attended the 72nd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on Sunday August 27, 2017. The weather was beautiful and the Greek Cultural Garden looked terrific and was a popular destination.

Representatives from the Hellenic Preservation Society of Northeastern Ohio (HPS) were on hand to answer questions about Greek culture.

Renee Steffas from HPS

Renee Steffas from Hellenic Preservation Society


Traditional Greek bouzouki music was performed in the Greek Cultural Garden by Abraham Anastasiadis & Athanasios Sarantopoulos.

Abraham Anastasiadis & Athanasios Sarantopoulos

Abraham Anastasiadis & Athanasios Sarantopoulos


A group of St Paul Senior Hellenic Dancers performed traditional Greek dances.

St Paul Senior Hellenic Dancers

St Paul Senior Hellenic Dancers


See videos and photos of the Greek community at One World Day


2015

St Paul Hellenic Dancers
2015 One World Day

The St Paul Hellenic Dancers under the direction of Eleni Johnson performed a Greek dance from the mainland at the 70th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

St Paul Hellenic Dancers at One World Day

Photos and videos of the St Paul Hellenic Dancers at One World Day

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Phoenix Greek Pontian Society of Cleveland
2015 International Cleveland Community Day

Pontus is a historical Greek designation for a region on the southern coast of the Black Sea, located in modern-day eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey. Young people from the Phoenix Greek Pontian Society of Cleveland performed at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum.

Phoenix Greek Pontian Society of Cleveland

Photos and videos of the Pontian Society performance

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St Demetrius Greek Orthodox Church Dancers at Continental Cup
July 2, 2015

The St Demetrius Greek Orthodox Church Dancers performed at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Continental Cup put on by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

The Continental Cup is now in its 10th year and the 2015 event had 3300 athletes from 11 countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Mongolia, China, Bermuda, China, Colombia, Canada, Brazil, Nepal and Greece.

Parade of Athletes at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Young athletes from Greece in the Opening Ceremony

Photos and videos of the dancers

Greek athletes in the Opening Ceremony

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Mad Greek Restaurant in Cleveland Heights
January 13, 2015

The Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event in January 2015 was at the Mad Greek Restaurant in Cleveland Heights. The adventurers learned about Greek culture and sampled traditional Greek food and drink. One highlight was the bouzouki playing by Kosta Revelas.

Kosta Revelas playing bouzouki

Kosta Revelas playing bouzouki

Photos, videos and more from the Mad Greek Adventure

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Greek Zeibekiko Dance Song on Bouzouki

Kosta Revelas played a tetrachordo (four pairs of strings) bouzouki at the Mad Greek Restaurant in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He played a Greek Zeibekiko Dance Song with a rhythm pattern of 9/8th.



This was part of the Adventure to Greece as part of the ClevelandPeople.Com Food Adventurers passport club. People who enjoy trying different foods and learning about different cultures participate in the Food Adventurer's group.


Alexander the Great - Top Ten Facts

Lt Colonel (and history buff) Joseph Meissner gave the Top Ten Facts about Alexander the Great at the Mad Greek Restaurant in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Alexander was King of Macedonia and the young conqueror of the Persian Empire. Did Alexander cut the Gordian Know with his sword? Listen to Joe.




2014

Greek Festival at Sts Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral

The annual Greek Festival at Sts Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Cleveland Heights took place from August 21-24,2014. The festival featured live music, folk dancing, Greek food and beverages, Cathedral tours, homemade pastries and even a flea market.

Greek dancers at the annual Greek Festival at Sts Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Traditional Greek Dance

Photos and videos from the annual Greek Festival


2013

Greek dance Tsamiko from Epirus at International Folk Fest

The Inner Circle Hellenic Dancers performed a traditional Greek dance at the 2013 International Folk Festival at Wade Oval in University Circle in Cleveland. They performed Tsamiko from Epirus. The group is directed by Olympia Christides and practices at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Rocky River.




Greek dance Maleviziotiko from Crete at International Folk Fest

The Inner Circle Hellenic Dancers performed a traditional Greek dance at the 2013 International Folk Festival at Wade Oval in University Circle in Cleveland. They performed Maleviziotiko from Crete. The group is directed by Olympia Christides and practices at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Rocky River.




Greek dance Podaraki from Thrace at International Folk Fest

The Inner Circle Hellenic Dancers performed a traditional Greek dance at the 2013 International Folk Festival at Wade Oval in University Circle in Cleveland. They performed Podaraki from Thrace. The group is directed by Olympia Christides and practices at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Rocky River.




Greek dance goes into audience at International Folk Fest

The Inner Circle Hellenic Dancers performed a traditional Greek dance at the 2013 International Folk Festival at Wade Oval in University Circle in Cleveland. They danced through the audience and others joined the dance line. The group is directed by Olympia Christides and practices at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Rocky River.




2012

Greek Community at Opening of Ames Family Atrium
Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012

The Cleveland Greek community was represented at the grand opening of the Ames Family Atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday October 28, 2012.

Greek table

Greek table


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Kyklonas Hellenic Dancers from St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
Ohio's Celtic and International Festival
September 3, 2012

The Kyklonas Hellenic Dancers from St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

Kyklonas Hellenic Dancers




Greek Cultural Garden at One World Day
August 26, 2012
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Greek Cultural Garden

Greek Cultural Garden at One World Day



2011

Kyklonas Hellenic Dancers from St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
at 2011 Cleveland International Folk Festival

Kyklonas Hellenic Dancer

Kyklonas Hellenic Dancer at Folk Festival


2010

Musician at Greek Fest

Fun at the 2010 Greek Fest

SS Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral August 2010 Festival


2009

St. Haralambos Hellenic Dancers at 2009 Cleveland Oktoberfest










2008

SS Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral August 2008 Festival


2007

Greek teens dancing at Greek Festival

Dancing at the Greek Festival in 2007

SS Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral August 2007 Festival


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Greek Hositality - Xenia at 2008 SS Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral Festival  (photos by Dan Hanson)

Xenia is the Greek concept of hospitality or generosity and courtesy shown to guests or travelers.

Xenia consists of three basic rules: The respect from host to guest, the respect from guest to host, and the parting gift from host to guest. The host must provide the guest with food, drink and bath. The parting gift is to show the host's honor at receiving the guest.

The Greek god Zeus was also god of the travelers. This created a particular religious obligation to be hospitable to travelers. If you performed poorly as a host, you would incur the wrath of a god.

To this day any visitor to a Greek home will be received with the highest valued tradition of Philoxenia.




Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations.

In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and Communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952.

A military dictatorship, which in 1967 suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country, lasted seven years. The 1974 democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy.

In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the European Economic and Monetary Union in 2001.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


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