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CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS
PHILIPPI PRIMARY SCHOOL
PHILIPPI KAVALA
GREECE
Christmas is one of the greatest religious celebrations
in Greece.
The wish “Happy holidays” is one of the most typical
wi...
Saint Basil
Santa Claus in is red uniform and his sleigh is
outlandish!(besides as modern fairytales say,
he lives in Finl...
New Year’s cake (vasilopita)
In many parts of Greece, mainly in villages,
the ladies of the house clean their homes and
pr...
Firstly, the sign of the cross is being made by
the lord of the house, it is cut in four pieces
and the first piece is dev...
Carols
On Christmas Eve, in the morning groups of
children go from door to door and sing
carols (the word “kalanta” derive...
In many houses at daybreak on New Year’s
Day people break a pomegranate on the
floor so that the new year will bring
prosp...
The Goblins appear on Earth during the
twelve days of Christmastide.
Beliefs about them originate from ancient
myths about...
For the fear of Goblins, people have found
various preventire methods, like offers
(sweets, ring-shaped bread rolls,
“koul...
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  1. 1. CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS PHILIPPI PRIMARY SCHOOL PHILIPPI KAVALA GREECE
  2. 2. Christmas is one of the greatest religious celebrations in Greece. The wish “Happy holidays” is one of the most typical wishes during the period before and after Christmas until Epiphany. On Epiphany Day, when Christ’s baptism is celebrated, the waters are sanctified with the throwing of the cross in the water and it’s hauling by swimmers and with the reconsecration of homes by priests.
  3. 3. Saint Basil Santa Claus in is red uniform and his sleigh is outlandish!(besides as modern fairytales say, he lives in Finland). Nevertheless because of the fact that the christian Church celebrates his grace on 1st January, our people through its traditions celebrated in the past Saint Basil the bishop of Caesarea, a humble and deeply educated man, who helped poor and helpless people.
  4. 4. New Year’s cake (vasilopita) In many parts of Greece, mainly in villages, the ladies of the house clean their homes and prepare the New Year’s cake, called “vasilopita”. The recipes for “vasilopita” vary regarding the ingredients and decoration. A coin is put in the dough. The person who finds it is considered to be lucky for the rest of the year. The catting of New Year’s cake follows our Christian tradition until today.
  5. 5. Firstly, the sign of the cross is being made by the lord of the house, it is cut in four pieces and the first piece is devoted to Christ, the second one to Saint Basil and then to the house, the members of the family and the poor. Whoever finds the coin which is hidden in the cake will be the lucky one for the New Year.
  6. 6. Carols On Christmas Eve, in the morning groups of children go from door to door and sing carols (the word “kalanta” derives from calends, the first days of each month of the Roman calendar). The carols are greeting songs. They are full of praise for the lady and the lord of the house and the other members of the family.
  7. 7. In many houses at daybreak on New Year’s Day people break a pomegranate on the floor so that the new year will bring prosperity. Great importance was placed on the first footing (the first person to enter a house on January 1st ). Thus in many houses that the family hadn’t had a child, a neighbour or a friend who had children went first footing.
  8. 8. The Goblins appear on Earth during the twelve days of Christmastide. Beliefs about them originate from ancient myths about the Satyrs and Pan and they are associated with the winter soltice. The Goblins live below the surface of the Earth. Throughout the year they hack with their axes to cut down the tree which holds the Earth but when they are about to succeed, Christ arrives and the tree is reborn while the Goblins surge on Earth and tease people. The Goblins
  9. 9. For the fear of Goblins, people have found various preventire methods, like offers (sweets, ring-shaped bread rolls, “kouloures”), fire (“christoxilo”, the first piece of wood which will be burnt in the fireplace on the night of Christmas Eve), the burning of incense, crosses, bad smells, thorns, big bone or spells. However, Goblins definitively disappear with the sanctification on Epiphany Day.

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