Celebrating All Things Greek: Happy Independence Day!

It’s no contest, we know we owe the Greeks for much of our civilization! Since today is the anniversary of the Greek Independence from the Ottomons in 1821, we’re listing down fun ways for us to honor our Greek friends and celebrate all things Greek!

Seriously, Read a Book 

Picture: HRM Stoker

Picture: HRM Stoker

You’re probably rolling your eyes, and we understand, who has time to read anymore? This is the perfect time to unplug! If you want to start Greek literature, it’s best to go way back with Homer’s ‘The Iliad’. Maybe you watched Orlando Bloom and Brad Pitt’s ‘Troy’, but really, nothing beats reading Homer’s original tale of the Trojan War. Not even Brad Pitt’s behind.

Watch A Movie 

Picture: Lepart Pictures

Picture: Lepart Pictures

There’s a myriad of Greek films, or films inspired by Greek mythology. But if you’re not in the mood for ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’, go with the classic Black Orpheus (1959). An adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, the film was set in the modern context of a favela (Brazilian term for a slum) in Rio during the Carnaval. Unsurprisingly, the film won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1960. Trust us, and watch this if you haven’t.

If you’re just not in the mood, you can always go back to Disney’s Hercules. It’s so hard not to love Hades in this one!

Greek Independence Day Parade

Photo via: Getty Images

Photo via: Getty Images

There’s no better way to spend your Sunday than with a parade! This March 30, from 1:45pm to 4.15pm, celebrate the Greek and American Philhellenic (That’s love for Greek culture, in case you didn’t know) ancestors’ sacrifices to preserve Greek history and ideals. So we’re talking lots of fabulous costumes, and lots of fun people to hang with. So come on down to the Greek Independence Day Parade on 5th Avenue! More details here.

Greek Food Galore 

What better way to celebrate any culture than with the heart of the people? We’re talking lots of delicious Greek food!

Photo via: NY Serious Eats

Photo via: NY Serious Eats

Don’t know where to start when it comes to Greek meals? You can trust our friends at Anthi’s Greek Food to serve you the best Greek dishes! You can begin with their fresh Classic Greek Salad, with cucumber, tomatoes, pitted olives and topped with creamy feta and oregano.

Photo via: AnthroFoodie

Photo via: AnthroFoodie

There’s no way your Greek food experience can be complete if you don’t have Moussaka. A traditional Greek dish, it’s a gorgeous mix of eggplant, ground beef spiced with fabulous surprises like cinnamon and nutmeg, and topped with a potato or cheese topping. How gorgeous does that sound? At Anthi’s Greek Food, you can opt for a vegetarian Moussaka, in all its juicy splendor! We could have Anthi’s Greek Food all day long, and so should you!

Photo via: A Way to Garden

Photo via: A Way to Garden

What we really love about Greek cuisine is the commitment to fresh ingredients, with a richness that is both light and nutritious at the same time. One must-have Greek dish we also love are Greek Lemon Potatoes. Just think of succulent roasted potatoes with the bright flavors of lemon, garlic and oregano. All you need to do is to marinate the potatoes for a few hours, and get to roasting!

Photo via: Kitchen Lust

Photo via: Kitchen Lust

What’s a meal without sweets? The Greeks definitely know how to indulge, with the baklava! It’s classic Greek pastry made with flake phyllo dough layered with walnut filling, and bathed in sweet syrup. It’s sweet, crunchy and a serious treat for your senses. Word of warning: It does take a bit to prepare this dessert, so let Anthi’s Greek Food supply some honey brushed baklava your way!

This is just the tip of the iceberg of all the ways to celebrate Greek culture! What are some of yours? Don’t forget to share with us!

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