ABOUT THIS BOOK

Bravo! Here is a clear and comprehensive guide to the religious and secular life of the Greek-American community.

A Guide to Greek Traditions and Customs in America provides an easy-to-understand explanation of Hellenic and Orthodox traditions. It is useful for those born into a Greek family, those who may join, and those who admire the culture, from The Iliad to Byzantine icons.

Here are the traditions of Greek Orthodoxy with clear, understandable explanations of the meaning behind them. The reader will learn WHY traditions are kept in addition to the practical advice of HOW and WHEN to keep them. You will learn how to plan a wedding, observe name days, fast, and bake communion bread. Details about holidays, especially the Easter season, will prove invaluable. You will become acquainted with Greek secular customs that enrich daily life: How to name your baby, what to say on special occasions, how to select popular Greek music and what major sites to visit in Greece.

In the section "The Global Community" you will see Greek Americans in the wider context of the Orthodox faith and the Greek Diaspora.

Since its publication, this book has become a bestseller and a standard reference in homes and libraries throughout the world. Find out why 66,000 copies have been sold!

A Guide to Greek Traditions and Customs in America
Second Edition, by Marilyn Rouvelas. 411 pages.
Hardbound, notes, illustrations, and bibliography.
ISBN 0-9638051-1-8 US$30 retail.

E N D O R S E M E N T S

"This book is a TREASURY OF LORE AND PRACTICIAL INFORMATION that will be indispensable to anyone marrying into a Greek family as well as to Greek Americans eager to learn more about their heritage."
Nicholas Gage,
author of Eleni, Hellas, A Place for Us, and Greek Fire

"There should be A COPY IN EVERY HOME... a reference book that provides the basics of Greek-American living"
Rev. Dr. Robert G. Stephanopoulos,
Dean of the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New York City


I learned more about Hellenism and Greek Orthodoxy from A Guide to Greek Traditions and Customs in America than from any other book I have read."
Charles Moskos,
Professor, Northwestern University, author of Greek Americans: Struggle and Success