Did you know that for many Greeks their name day is more important than their birthday? Or that it's illegal to wear stilletos at some archeological sites? No? read on for more...
- 1. The Greek national anthem is the longest in the world with 158 verses.
- 2. For many Greeks their "name day", the day of the saint that they are named after is more important than their birthday.
- 3. The word barbarian comes from Greek barbaros, which was used to describe people who didn’t speak Greek and therefore sounded like they were making unintelligible sounds "bar‑bar‑bar".
- 4. Greece enjoys more than 250 days of sunshine or 3,000 sunny hours a year.
- 5. It's illegal to wear stilletos at some archeological sites in Greece as they could cause damage. Scientists say that a stiletto emits more pressure per square inch than the foot of an elephant.
- 6. The word tragedy is Greek for goat‑song.
- 7. The first ancient Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C. The first champion is thought to be a Greek cook, baker, and althlete named Coroebus.
- 8. In Greece, it is considered an insult to extend your hand with your palm facing forwards and the fingers extended and apart. This is called the moutza.
- 9. Films including Mammia Mia, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, and For Your Eyes Only were filmed across Greece and the Greek Islands.