Watch any Greek movie and you will find this one thing common in all. No, we are not talking about a big joint-family; it is the humility and courtesy they show towards everyone they meet. The country is beautiful, with miles of sun soaked sandy beaches. But also, it is also the Greek Hospitality which gets people returning to Greece, year after year. Discover Greece there are lot of things to do while in Greece.
It has been know, for centuries, that the people of the Greek islands are down-to-earth. With a warmth to their Greek hospitality. They call it Xenia–the concept of showing courtesy and generosity towards those who are far away from home.
The tales of their hospitality and generous nature can portrayed in their classical works of art and in Odysseus’s work in The Odyssey. But why did they evolve into such humble and friendly beings?
Read my post about the island of Meganisi. Also here are other possible reasons:
The first most notable and logical reason for such a nature is that during ancient times, traveling was much lengthier and extensive due to the lack of modern transportation means. People sailed through seas for weeks or journeyed on foot to find a village or community. Spending many nights in different locations away from home. A hotel or guesthouse wasn’t always near and so, Greek people invited travelers to spend the night in their sanctuaries.
Second, not every traveler was wealthy and the concept of staying in an inn or hotel at night meant paying for the room. Therefore, many travelers found it easier to spend nights in a guide’s house than book a room in a hotel. However the people charged the travelers. But it was any offering or gift they could afford. When a house turned into a guesthouse, the people had to be extra courteous, and that is what the coming generations learnt from their elders.
Lastly, many people also believe that the reason why Greek people are so hospitable is due to the fact that during ancient times, there weren’t many nations that allowed tourists to cross into another country. If tourist crossed borders, they risked being captured or killed. It was the hospitality of the Greek people that made Greece more convivial and safe. So, tourists started to flood in. It didn’t take long for the Greeks to realize that tourism could one day become an economy booster.
Millions of Visitors
Thirty million tourist visited Greece in 2016. Many of them where return visitors charmed by the welcoming hospitality of the Greek people. Some of them have formed bonds and made friendships which will last forever. The Greek people are suffering hard financial times with the austerity measures introduced by the government to reduce the country’s debt. However the Greek people still welcome all newcomers and continue to live life to the fullest.
I have lived in Greece for many years now and I have found many new friends because of their hospitality and kindness. One of my blogs is about an invitation I had to the island of Meganisi. It was the Greek Easter which; they celebrate more than Christmas. We stayed at one of my Greek friends family home there. His father is a farmer and grows all his own food and makes his own wine from his own vineyard. We where welcome to share all they produced from the hard work on their own land. I will answer questions, or comments you may have. So please leave them.