Greek Christmas Traditions – Insights Greece

Throughout Christmas vacations there are a number of Christmas traditions that are celebrated throughout Greece.

The most popular ones are the design of the Christmas boat, the Kalenda (Greek Christmas carols), Vasilopita, and smashing the pomegranate. And of course all the Greek Christmas treats, which every family prepares throughout the festive season.Greek Santa While today Greeks have actually

welcomed much of the contemporary traditions, in the Eastern Orthodox custom, the saint most associated with the giving of presents around Christmas is not Saint Nicholas, however Saint Basil the Great. His feast day is celebrated on January first and on this day children in Greece receive presents.Decorating a Christmas Boat Greece is surrounding by the Mediterranean Sea and typically

the main sign of Christmas is the”Karavaki”. This Greek Christmas tradition is primarily discovered on islands and seaside areas, however you will also see it showed in the main centre of Athens at Syntagma Square and in Thessaloniki. The boat is a sign for the Christmas and New Year duration not just due to the fact that Greece is surrounded by the sea however due to the fact that it represents taking a trip into a brand-new instructions blessed by the birth of Christ. Kalanda Greek Christmas carols are the songs that are sung on the early morning of Christmas Eve(24th December), the morning of New

year’s Eve(31st December)and the morning of the Eve of Epiphany (5th of January). The tradition is that nowadays kids in groups go from house to house calling doorbells and asking’Na Ta Poume?'(Shall We Sing?)They sing the carols accompanied by a metal triangle and often drums and they are given a small quantity of cash by the homeowners of each home. The lyrics of Greek Christmas carols want people success and luck. Agios Vasilis Kid Singing Carols Karavi in Syntagma Square Vasilopita This is a conventional Greek cake served at midnight on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the life of Saint Basil. A coin is inserted in the cake and when cut the individual who finds the coin is said to be granted luck for

the rest of the year. According to Greek Christmas customs every year after midnight on New Year’s Eve the householder cuts the cake in pieces. The very first piece cut is for Christ, the 2nd for Virgin Mary and the 3rd for the house. Then the rest of the cake is cut in pieces for the family members by order of age.Smashing a Pomegranate has actually been a sign of fortune, fertility and success in Greece and Greek folklore for countless years. During Christmas holidays you will see pomegranates displayed as Christmas designs and holding on the doors of homes. According to Greek Christmas customs, on New Year’s Eve simply after midnight the householder stands outside the door and breaks a pomegranate by tossing it on the doorstep. The seeds of the fruit spread on the floor mean joy and health to the family.Feasting Pork is the main course for a Greek Christmas feast, since traditionally in the weeks leading up to the vacation the massacre of pigs happened. Turkey with stuffing is a western cooking Christmas tradition that has been implemented by Greeks in only the last 40-50 years at the majority of. Standard Christmas dishes include Lahanodolmades( cabbage dolmades

)made with rice, mince, and avgolemono(egg lemon sauce ). Other sort of meat, all kinds of handmade pites(pies )are also standard meals for Christmas day. Spiced red wine or raki with honey is served over the vacations, and every Greek house has two Christmas cookies-Kourabiedes, which are almond biscuits covered in icing sugar; and Melomakarona, a walnut biscuit topped with honey. Greek Feast @protothema Smashing of Pomegranete @food52 Vasilopita @akispetretzikis Cover image @greekboston

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