Greeks seeking to reach the ends of the world and the Great Outer Sea with food,fun and community.

Greeks know the heartache of being immigrants before they become citizens, they know what it feels like to arrive new and broke in a different country, what it means to start from the bottom and what it means to have a community to gain strength from. They know how to embrace new friends and old family into their welcoming homes.

Human migration refers to the movement by people from place to place with the intentions of settling temporarily or permanently in the new location.

Cultural diffusion, is the spread of cultural items such as ideas, styles, religions, and languages between individuals, whether within a single culture or from one culture to another.

We live in a fast paced world spinning on nanoseconds of information and news and we forget about the simple life we used to live. Whenever I need a reality check I, well, check in with my Greek friends and family.

Over the last few months more and more it has become apparent to me that there is a way to live in this everyday insanity; get grounded in going Greek.

What holds this community together may have been gained from their rich history in human migration whether it was by conquering cities in the days of Alexander the Great, or from the basic desire to give their children a better life. They are noted for movement from as far back as the Neolithic age to modern day Greece.

Greece’s gifts to the world includes among many, the first historian, the place where world famous mathematicians were born, it’s the foundation of western philosophy, democracy and trial by jury, mythology, theatre, architecture and of course the Olympics.

Church and community.

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How do they do it?

Up goes a church, then a community gathering place, and just like a pebble in the ocean spreading concentric circles far and wide life is reflected around something deep and meaningful,

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Religion is spiritual, it is community, it is family, it is children growing up with respect for something bigger than they themselves, and it is parents learning from their elders.

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Dive for the cross. Young men and women braved the icy ocean to bring back the cross that blessed. They do it for religion and for pride in being Greek; they do it for the blessing and to share that blessing with the world.

Food, music and living.

Greek Easter celebration where backyards throughout the city are filled with people roasting lambs to honour the occasion after 40 days of fasting.

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Greek Day on Broadway in its 42nd year

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The VIP tent catered by Colleen Nicolinas, and chef Leo, of Leo’s Greek Tapas and Grill Greek Cuisine in Gibson on the Sunshine Coast. This dynamic duo cooked and barbecued all day long and it seemed the more people ate the more they glowed with happiness. At the end of the day they vibrated with energy when most people appeared to be exhausted.

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Greek culture is all-encompassing.

Every age, race,culture and creed showed up to enjoy the festivities.

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South Asian TV crew Spill ur beanz was there to document the good times, they interviewed consul generals, businessmen, editors, TV journalists, priests, students, and more.

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Young women volunteered their time with pure pride in being Greek – or honorary Greek – in some cases.

Greek culture has a heartwarming inclusivity in its exclusivity. There is pride in its humbleness, there is content in just being a Greek.

 Greek Summerfest on Boundary, is on all weekend!

Do you have the urge to eat real Greek food cooked up by mamas, papas and grannies? Do you feel like dancing to folk music? then you should bring the families out to celebrate in the  sunshine and enjoy the warm welcome waiting there for you. 

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Eat oh my goodness eat…

…succulent roasted lamb, rice sides that is a meal in itself, loukamades the real doughnuts, juicy Souvlaki, drool over what you are too full to consume and get take-out too for later.

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While you’re there tour the splendid Sts. Nicholas & Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church that is adorned with intricate art and byzantine décor, get to know priests who will chat with you like a sister or brother would to each other, and last of all please support the monks of ST. JOHN’S Monastery and buy items like soaps, candles, and preserves made with love and attention to life.

See you at the festival,

Samantha McLeod.