Greek Culture and Tradition

The Australian Greek community is one of many minority immigrant communities in Australia today, the second largest after the Italian community. While it now has second and third generation members — for whom Greek and Anglo-Australian cultures have to some degree intermingled — for elders Greek culture remains the central reference point in their lives.

Greek elders in Australia today almost certainly grew up in rural or regional Greece, usually in villages in an extended family context, where culture and religion were vital forces in shaping them as individuals and as Greeks. This website is dedicated to the idea that elders who come from this context need to have culturally appropriate care — care that honours their distinctive cultural and linguistic background and thus makes their later life and final years as comfortable and meaningful as possible. Elderly Greeks subjectively want culturally appropriate care, while research has also shown that it also has significant health benefits. (Refer to the work of Dr. Susannah Runci)

Greek culture and tradition is understood as a framework of Values and Beliefs and a way of life. As a way of life, culture includes behaviours and social roles, including Family and Gender Roles, social activities, such as Food and Cooking, and special events that mark important national and religious occasions. See National Days and Celebrations. Greek Language and Communication, which is also a crucial aspect of culture, is a separate section in this website.