Christmas Eve Custom – Greek Kalanda (VIDEO)

Christmas Eve Tradition - Greek Kalanda

On Christmas Eve there is a fantastic tradition in Greece where kids go door to door singing the Kalanda(Christmas carols ), spreading a message of happiness, hope and peace. Children from all around the cities, islands and villages go from home to house singing the Greek Christmas carols and are then often invited into their neighbours houses for a reward after they are done singing. The Christmas Kalanda play a fundamental part in Greek Christmas traditions and culture and they are likewise performed on New Year’s Eve and Epiphany Eve, which is on January 5. Kids go door to door carrying triangles and other instruments, such as drums, to accompany their fantastic singing. Kids knock on a door and ask, “Na ta poume?”significance,”Shall we sing?”

and as soon as the person responses “Nai” (yes)the kids begin. After they do that, the kids are typically given melomakarona, kourabiedes and other conventional Greek Christmas sugary foods and sometimes even cash to thank them for their well wishes. Kalanda has been a part of Christmas events in Greece for thousands of years and goes back to Byzantine times where children would carry little boats and sing tunes honoring Dionysius. The tradition of praising the head of home likewise began in Ancient Greece. In addition to singing songs to honor their god, they would likewise bestow the family with a gift of an olive branch, which also symbolized success. Xronia Polla! Listen to the Kalanda From All Over Greece This year due to the covid-19 pandemic, there will be no children singing carols on the Eve of Christmas

and New Year and no groupsof individuals signing on the streets. Covid-19 Christmas guidelines in

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