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A Guide to Greek Traditions and Customs in America [Hardcover]

by Marilyn Rouvelas
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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November 1993 096380510X 978-0963805102 1st
Dust jacket notes: "Bravo! At last. Here is a clear and comprehensive guide to the religious and secular life of the Greek-American community. This book provides an easy-to-understand explanation of Orthodox and Hellenic traditions in America for the newcomer and for Greek Americans wishing to learn more. Here are the traditions of Orthodoxy so that the reader can understand and follow services in church and related practices at home. You will learn how to plan a baptism, observe name days, and bake communion bread. You will become acquainted with customs that enrich daily life: What to name your baby, how to buy Greek popular music, and what to say on special occasions in Greek. Details about holidays, especially the Easter season, should prove invaluable to all Greek-American households. The book not only will enable someone new to the Greek-American community to feel at home quickly, but also will broaden the lives of Greek-American families through a better understanding of their heritage. It will serve as an invaluable reference for all Greek Orthodox families."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Attica Press; 1st edition (November 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096380510X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963805102
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I have married into a greek family. All of my questions have been answered. I now have a better understanding of our relationship and can now see what our future will be. It is a wonderful culture to explore and to be part of!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the mysteries of the Greek culture revealed! December 1, 1998
By A Customer
I was born and raised in a Greek household. My grandparents on my mother's side came from Greece and settled in the United States, but passed away when I was very young, so I never had their influence. My mother tried to teach her seven children about the culture, but we were too busy with other things.
There are many things about Greek traditions that I never really fully understood and this book patiently takes each area of Greek tradition and culture and breaks it down in language I can understand.
Now that I'm older and can appreciate tradition, I went on a search to find out more. I was very lucky to find this book, because it answered ALL my questions - and then some.
I'm purchasing three additional copies for my nieces (who are also my goddaughters).
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book for any Orthodox or want-to-be. September 26, 1999
By A Customer
Growing up in a small Greek Church and not having any Greek school, I did not learn all the beautiful customs and traditions of this religion.Now I live where we only have a mission Church, I miss the connection of a regular Church community. My parents tried to teach me some of the traditions but my yia yia and pouli really were a bigger influence on me.THis book explains so much I didn't know and I bought 2 copies for my grown children and hope they stay in the Orthodox faith.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any Greek home! February 13, 1999
By A Customer
What a great book! I am Greek Orthodox and was born and raised in the Greek Orthodox Church, which I still attend to this day. My religion and heritage are a major part of my life. When my husband and I decided to get married, he wanted to learn about our church and culture so that he, too, could appreciate it as I do, and so that we could raise our children with consistency in our beliefs. This book was a gift from a friend at my husband's confirmation into the Greek Orthodox Church. What a blessing! We both have learned so much, and our relationship is stronger. This book is a wonderful resource for ANY Greek-American. Enjoy it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I would have had this book 20 years ago! May 1, 1998
By A Customer
Even though all four of my grandparents were immigrants from Greece. I knew only two of them, due to the untimely deaths of my maternal grandparents. As a child I always felt we had a strong bond to the Orthodox Church. Even though we lived in a small town where there was no Orthodox Church. A Priest from another town would come once a month for liturgy and baptisms. However, I felt there was so much that I did not know or understand. Or, that my parents never told me. I married at a young age to a non-orthodox christian and baptized my children all outside the church. Not knowing how wrong it was. But all the while feeling in my heart that I was doing something wrong. There is still no orthodox church here. This book has helped me understand why I feel and believe the way I do. I always have had certain beliefs about things, but never really understood why I felt that way. It explained everything fully and now I feel so much better about why I feel differently about so many things than others. Thanks to this book I have since had my marriage blessed in the church and travel to a Greek Orthodox church often. My children are at the age where I must let them decide if they would like to become a part of the Greek Orthodox Church.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Being in a bi-cultural marriage this book answers all those questions with the directness the in laws don't . So many little things that are instilled in the greek culture from birth are explained so practically. I just loved it and I use it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition. As advertised February 15, 2012
By Greekd
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Awesome book. Covers most if not every topic that comes to mind as a Greek-American that have answered a lot of the questions I have had.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivery review July 10, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book was a gift for an old lady of Greek origin, friend of mine, and she loved it, that's why the five stars rating.
What I've been very pleased with was the short time it took for the book to be delivered to New Zealand; estimated to arrive in approx. three months (standard post), I got it actually after three weeks. Many thanks, great service.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, even if you're not Greek!
Lots and LOTS of valuable information on Greek Orthodox Christian customs and traditions. I especially liked the parts re: the wedding. My only complaint? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sabrina M. Messenger
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
This book gave me some valuable insights into the rationale for Greek-American cultural practices.I likes its personal approach utilized by the author.
Published 2 months ago by Charles Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide!
Raised Greek Orthodox by immigrant parents whose dad a Greek Orthodox priest I found the guide to be accurate and succinct. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anna Economakos
5.0 out of 5 stars A guide to Greek traditions and customs in America
I ordered this for a friend who wants to give it to their grand daughter. They have a copy & love it.
I would recommend to family & friends
Published 4 months ago by Gary D
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great gift idea for Greeks and non-Greeks!
I own this book and use it for reference quite frequently. This purchase was a gift for a newly engaged Greek couple. They were thrilled with the gift!
Published 5 months ago by Christine J. Grandinetti
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Greek American family should have a copy of this book!
I highly recommend this book to all american born greeks and those who marry into greek families. I am a greek american and very close to my family. Read more
Published 8 months ago by TASIA VASILIOU
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for any Xeni or Xenos marrying a Greek
I have a copy of this book and have read and reread it for holidays, traditions and church customs.
It has really helped me understand my husband's family and everything they... Read more
Published 8 months ago by dIANE b pARASKEVOPOULOS
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Thorough and Insightful Book on Orthodox Living
Having been raised up in a Greek Orthodox environment, and having attended a Greek Orthodox church for most of my life, I thought I knew everything there was to our Greek lifestyle... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Patty Apostolides
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect to learn why we Greeks do what we do!
I bought three of these books. One for myself, one for my adult daughter and one for my adult Godchildren who recently were Chrismated and became Orthodox. Read more
Published on January 17, 2012 by Nancy Nurse
3.0 out of 5 stars You'll love it... if you're Greek
I am not Greek, but married a Greek, and this book was given to me by my mother-in-law before our wedding. Read more
Published on September 25, 2011 by Jen from RI
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