Mary Sinanidis

Life

Religious cuisine and the supernatural at kolyva-making workshop in Altona

The Greek word for funeral κηδεία (kidia) derives from the verb κήδομαι (kidome) that means to attend to or take care of someone. Fittingly, the Greek funeral process is marked …

Apokries around Greece: Athens, Patra and Xanthi – three carnivals of colour

Apokries (Carnival) time in Greece is filled with spectacular traditions, masquerading and all manner of performances. From local fertility-rites to other events with pagan roots, festivities are held in the …

Features

Japanese musician with rebetiko in his soul performs at Melbourne Rebetiko Music Festival

On the one hand you have the Japanese work ethic, subservience and fastidiousness. On the other hand you have Greek rebetika, music once despised and marginalised within the hashish dens …

Dialogue

Macedonia from Alexander the Great to Alexis Tsipras

To the uninitiated, the name dispute between Greece and FYROM seemed like a triviality – a curiosity at best. In the decades-long tug of war, the devil was always hidden …

Life

Kolyva-making workshop helps people master the art of religious cuisine

The Greek word for funeral κηδεία (kidia) derives from the verb κήδομαι (kidome) that means to attend to or take care of someone. Fittingly, the Greek funeral process is marked by caring tribute and there …

Sport

Zoe Poulis, a young Greek mermaid climbing ranks in Synchronised Swimming

Plugged nostrils, uncomfortable goggles that slant your eyes and airtight swimming caps that tug and pull at your hair – enough to cause a headache – and the smell of …

Dialogue

The gutsiest, ballsiest Greek women of them all

Is International Women’s Day really necessary? The very fact that the celebration exists is an oxymoron as we celebrate equality by singling out a gender – and this by its …

Life

“Greeks. Romioi. Greek Australians” on display – Who are we now?

Back in the Seventies, a fellow fifth grader – a diasporan like myself – asked me what part of Greece I was from. “I was born in Constantinople,” I said. …

Life

You’re mistaken if you think that the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival is just about having a good time

Souvlaki sizzled on Lonsdale Street on Saturday, Paschalis concocted his mastiha cocktails and the dancers donned their carnival gear for some tomfoolery around the streets… There was laughter and joy …

News

244,765 immigrants caught in Australian citizenship limbo

Two years have passed since Labor MP Julian Hill, member for the Victorian seat of Bruce, started pressing Peter Dutton for reasons as to why there were huge delays in …