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Start Date: August 12th
End Date: August 25th
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All approved regional recipes can be found below.
Greece is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. It is located on the southern tip of the Balkan peninsula and shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north and Turkey to the northeast. The Agean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionia Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline in the world. Eighty percent of Greece is mountainous, with Mount Olympus being the highest peak at 9,573 feet.
Greece has one of the longest histories of any country and is considered the cradle of Western civilization having been the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic games, and Western drama, including tragedy and comedy.
The climate of Greece is primarily Mediterranean which results in mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. The Pindus mountain range strongly affects the climate of the country. Almost two-thirds of the Greek people live in urban areas. Greece's largest and most influential metropolitan centers are those of Athens and Thessaloniki, which is commonly referred to as the capital. Other prominent cities with urban populations about 100,000 inhabitants include those of Patras Heraklion, Larissa, Volos, Rhodes, Ioannina, Chania and Chalcis.
Theater was born in Greece. The city-state of Classical Athens became a significant cultural, political, and military power during this period. Tragedy, comedy and the satyr play were the three dramatic genres to emerge there. The National Theater of Greece was found in 1880. Notable playwrights of the modern Greek theater include Gregorios Xenopoulos, Nikos Kazantzais, Pantelis Horn, and many more. Notable actors include Cybele Andrianou, Marika Kotopouli, and Aimilios Veakis. Significant directors include Dimitris Rontiris, Alexis Minotis and Karolos Koun. Greek literature can be divided into three main categories: Ancient, Byzantine and modern Greek literature.
Greek vocal music extends far back into ancient times where mixed-gender choruses performed for entertainment, celebration and spiritual reasons. Instruments during that period included the double-reed aulos and the plucked string instruments, the lyre, expecially the Kithara. Music played an important role in the education system during ancient times. Boys were taught music from the age of six. Later influences from the Roman Empire, Middle East and the Byzantine Empire also had effect on Greek music and dance.
Greece is the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games, first recorded in 776 BC in Olympia. and Greece hosted the modern Olympic Games twice; the inaugural 1896 Summer Olympics and the 2004 Summer Olympics. During the parade of nations, Greece is always called first as the founding nation of the ancient precursor of modern Olympics. The nation has competed at every Summer Olympic medal count. Their best ever performance was in the 1896 Summer Olympics, when Greece finished second in the medal table with 10 gold medals.
The numerous gods of the ancient Greek religion, as well as, the mythical heroes and events of the ancient Greek epics (The Odyssey and The Iliad) and other pieces of art and literature from the time make up what is now colloquially referred to as Greek mythology. Apart from serving a religious function, the mythology of the ancient Greek world also served as a cosmological role as it was meant to try to explain how the world was formed and operated.
The principal gods of the ancient Greek religion were the Dodekatheon, or the Twelve gods, who lived on the top of Mount Olympus. The most important of all ancient Greek gods was Zeus, the king of the gods, who was married to Hera, who was also Zeus' sister. The other Greek gods that made up the Twelve Olympians were Demeter, Ares, Poseidon, Athena, Dionysus, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Hephaestus and Hermes. Apart from these twelve gods, Greeks also had a variety of other mystical beliefs, such a nymphs and other magical creatures.
Greek cuisine is characteristic of the healthy Mediterranean diet, which is epitomized by dishes of Crete. Greek cuisine incorporates fresh ingredients into a variety of local dishes such as moussaka, stifado, Greek salad, fasolada, spanakopita and souvlaki. Some dishes can be traced back to ancient Greece like skordalia (a thick puree of walnuts, almonds, crushed garlic and olive oil), lentil soup, retsina (white or rose wine sealed with pine resin) and pasteli (candy bar with sesame seeds and baked with honey). Throughout Greece, people often enjoy eating from small dishes such as meze with various dips such as tzatziki, grilled octopus and small fish, feta cheese, dolmades (rice, currants and pine kernels wrapped in vine leaves), various pulses, olives and cheese. Olive oil is added to almost every dish.
Sweet desserts such as galaktoboureko, and drinks such as ouzo, metaxa and a variety of wines (including retsina) are enjoyed. Greek cuisine differs widely from different parts of the mainland and from island to island. It uses some flavorings more often than other Mediterranean cuisines: oregano, mint, garlic, onion, dill and bay laurel leaves. Other common herbs and spices include basil, thyme, and fennel seed. Many Greek recipes; especially in the northern parts of the country, use "sweet" spices in combination with meat; for example cinnamon and cloves in stews.
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