Some Traditions that Set Greeks Apart There are definitely some ‘different’ traditions you might come across when dating a Greek that you just don’t find elsewhere. That’s right, spitting on someone is a way of diminishing any form of evil energy or presence.It’s actually more of a FTOO, FTOO, FTOO; so just be aware.Greeks cash in so big on their namedays that are actually considered to be of greater importance than their birthdays.
In fact, every Greek person will have a name day to celebrate within the calendar year.
Also on the subject of names, in every Greek family, as a tradition, you are named after your grandparents or other family members, resulting in a lot of duplicates per family.
The movie “My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding” points this out quiet accurately when every other cousin in the family is named Maria or Nikos.
Greek Superstitions 101 What if you could tell your future from a coffee cup?
Here are some of the superstitions, traditions and passions that you might find yourself coming across when dating a Greek.
It might sound crazy, but this is one of the many superstitions in which Greeks indulge.
Generations upon generations of Yiayias have been predicting the future of family members by looking at the coffee stains of their Eliniko café (Greek coffee).
In fact, some Greeks believe in the fortune telling of a coffee stain so much, they will base their daily lives on that morning’s cup of coffee.
There are other superstitions just as prevelant in Greek families such as the evil eye, or ‘Mati.’ It is believed that someone can cast the evil eye onto another person out of envy (either good or bad) and jealousy.
You are said to be ‘matiasmenos’ (the evil eye has been cast upon you) if you are dizzy or have a headache and yawn a lot.
The good news is that you can have the ‘spell’ broken by someone who knows how to do a special ritual done with oil, water and prayers.