Greek Orthodox Weddings in Pontos

In Pontos, matchmakers played an important role in Greek Orthodox weddings and sometimes the bride-to-be was not even consulted. The three christian Greek weddings described, which are at times incomplete, show that within Pontic Greek culture there was local variety in the ways common elements were included in the celebrations. 

The Church of Hamurya

Situated approximately 6km south west of Maçka is the village of Hamurya or Hamouri (Grk: Χαμουρή) today Sukenari.  And located within the village is the church of Hamurya which today exists as a mosque. According to the website the mosque was a church prior to the exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey in 1923 when Orthodox Christian Greeks were living in the village.

Il Genocidio Dei Greci

È un dato di fatto che lo sforzo di mettere assieme tutte le tessere di quell’immenso mosaico rappresentato dall’Ellenismo che viveva nello Stato ottomano la cui decadenza, già cominciata agli inizi del XX secolo, culminò tra il 1922 e il 1923, trova molti sostenitori fra i Greci soprattutto fra quelli della nuova generazione. Per loro l’origine è sinonimo di civiltà, di teatro, di musica, di architettura, di gastronomia.

Dialect Lesson #2

We were recently asked to put more Pontic dialect lessons on our website to help people learn more about the dialect. So we decided to include the following 10 Pontic phrases which have been translated to both Greek and English in the following sequence:   Πον - Ελλ - Pon - Eng

Unionist Terror Against Anatolian Minorities

The economic boycotts of the Ottoman minorities, started in 1908 with the rule of the Union and Progress party and continued until 1924 with the reign of the Kemalists, were part-and-parcel of the planned dispossession and extermination of Christians. These operations were carried out by the Young Turks as state policy. The second function and purpose of these operations was to enhance  national feeling and construct the Turkish identity.

What the worldwide Pontian Youth forum was missing

COMMENT | The recent worldwide Pontian Youth forum that took place in the Greek city of Thessaloniki had a notable absentee. No, it wasn't the last minute politically inspired boycott by the Greek youth of ΠΟΕ (a large umbrella group of Pontian clubs of Greece) who decided not to attend and which threw the entire event into doubt. It was the obvious absence of Pontians from today's Pontus.

Ι νιχτα τι πριγατας

A sizeable proportion of Russia's Greeks are believed to be Pontic Greeks. They are sometimes referred to as Russo-Pontians. During the 3 Russo-Turkish wars of the 19th century it's believed approximately 350,000 Greeks immigrated from Pontus. Many of these Greeks were to find their way to Southern Russia which gladly accepted their coreligionist neighbours.

Νέες επιτυχίες απο την Ελληνική ομάδα του Δυναμικού Τριαθλου

Με τις αποσκευές  γεμάτες κύπελλα επέστρεψαν οι διεθνείς μας από το Πανευρωπαϊκό Πρωτάθλημα Μεμονωμένων  Άρσεων (European Single Lifts Championships) που έγινε στην πόλη Riva De Garda της Ιταλίας μεταξύ 18 και 20 Σεπτεμβρίου, υπό την παγκόσμια ομοσπονδία World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation (WDFPF).

Pontic Azalea

The Pontic Azalea (Rhododendrum luteum) is a deciduous azalea that has fragrant deep yellow flowers and grows in the Pontus region in the north-east of Turkey, southern Russia and the Caucasus, in Poland, Austria and throughout the Balkans. It is a small deciduous shrub that grows to about 4-6 feet in height and narrower in width.

September 14: Greek Genocide Remembrance Day

In 1998, the Greek Parliament assigned September 14 as the day of mourning for the genocide of the Greeks of Asia Minor. On this day, Greeks throughout the world pay their respects to the Greeks of the former Ottoman Empire (today Turkey) who were victims of a state sponsored plan of eradication which lasted 9 years (1914-1923). This event is commonly referred to as the Greek Genocide.











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