According to wikipedia, the term Hospitality refers to the act or practice of being hospitable, that is, the reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers with liberality and good will.
Greek Hospitality, dates back to Homeric times, it was deemed on as an inviolable act. In the Odyssey, it is shown as a guest –friend relationship known as “ XENIA ”
Hospitality rose out of a need in Homeric times. The reason for this was, travel took excessively long than in modern times, such as by boat or by foot. Therefore, many more nights were spent away from home in many different locations. Also, hotels and Inns were not an option and if they were travelers couldn't afford them. As a result, travelers had to rely on the hospitality of others for shelter, food and protection. However, there was some obligated ethical imbursement the traveler had to give for this hospitality and that was a gift. Another explanation of hospitality was the fact that they weren't nations that allowed travelers to enter their territory safely, without this hospitality the strangers could be captured or even killed for entering a foreign land.
The last reason that hospitality is found in Homeric times is fear of the gods. What this meant is Greeks believed that the gods wanted them to show hospitality to anyone who unexpectedly appeared at their homes and they also believed that if they turned someone away without offering hospitality the gods would punish them.
Finally, hospitality could have been used to bring fame to his name and provide a high standard of hospitality to strangers. It could've been evidence of how wealthy one was.
Hospitality is still shown today but not in the same sense that it was used in Homeric times. It is shown in different ways. For example, if you are locked outside your house, your neighbor will invite you to their home until the problem is fixed or if your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere someone will stop to assist you.
Greeks have a deep respect for hospitality because sharing is one of the most common social activities and great pleasures of Greek life. Good food, drink and conversation are the essence of Greek Hospitality. A traditional and delightful custom of the Greeks is the offering of teaspoon sweets to guests as a symbol of hospitality. (glee-KAH-TOO-koo-tahl-YOO). They are called teaspoon sweets because the usual serving size is a well filled teaspoon.
Greece and the Greek Islands are the most popular destinations in the world. The reason is Greece has so much to offer. Asides from the sandy beaches, archaeological sites and traditional villages where life is so serene and relaxed, the people are also well endowed with hospitable manners. We are known for having the warmest welcome and our visitors feel just as cozy as they would at home.
The king of the Greek Gods, Zeus, stood for hospitality and his spirit lives on in the hearts of all Greeks.
Corfu Yachting offers an authentic Greek Hospitality. You will find we offer a friendly atmosphere and a wealth of information to provide you with a superlative yacht holiday. At the Marina in Gouvia you will discover a get –together corner and you will capture the essence of Greek Hospitality.
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