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  Greek   Christmas  and Traditions   “ Top 10 favorites with the EU teenagers” e-twinning 2009
Greek Christmas Carols (Kalanta) <ul><li>In Greece and Cyprus, the day before Christmas, all children use to sing carols (...
<ul><li>They use to carry an iron made triangle, which they use as an musical instrument.  </li></ul>
“ Kalanta on 19 th  century”, panted by famous Greek painter N. Gyzis
Here is the beginning  of the Christmas carols :     <ul><li>«Good morning, my gentlemen, </li></ul><ul><li>and if you wis...
Children are singing carols for the President of the Greek Democracy
Click   here  to listen to Greek Christmas Carols  
Presents <ul><li>The children in Greece and Cyprus use to get their presents on New Year's Eve, not on Christmas Day, as t...
<ul><li>Ayios Vasilis was </li></ul><ul><li>a Bishop, who </li></ul><ul><li>lived in 4 th </li></ul><ul><li>century A.C.  ...
  In  Greece   and   Cyprus   there are many other traditions and customs,  which are related  to Christmas,  New Year and...
Christopsomo  (Christ's Bread) <ul><li>Christopsomo  (Christ's Bread) is considered a sacred tradition in many Greek and C...
<ul><li>The bread is decorated with pieces of dough formed into various representations like a Cross or aspects of family’...
“ Kalikantzari” <ul><li>According to myth, mischievous and even dangerous elves called  “Kalikantzari“. </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>These little fellows rove over the waters, roaming around the villages after midnight, and playing all sorts of ha...
Vasilopitta <ul><li>Another custom dating back to 4th century is  Vasilopitta ,  a traditional cake, in which a golden coi...
<ul><li>Vasilopitta   is cut by the father in the houses on New Year's Day.  </li></ul><ul><li>One slice of the cake is al...
<ul><li>The person who finds the coin is considered to be the luckiest member of the family for the year.   </li></ul>
We wish you “Merry Christmas  and a Happy Year, 2010” 1 st  Gymnasium of Chaidari Athens, Greece
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Christmas Celebration

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A presentation about Greek Christmas celebration, carols, customs and traditionswhich is made by the Greek team for the e-Twinning project "Top 10 with the EU teenagers"

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Christmas Celebration

  1. 1.   Greek Christmas and Traditions “ Top 10 favorites with the EU teenagers” e-twinning 2009
  2. 2. Greek Christmas Carols (Kalanta) <ul><li>In Greece and Cyprus, the day before Christmas, all children use to sing carols (kalanta), from early in the morning, till noon time. They use to knock the doors, asking the people to let them announce the happy message: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Jesus Christ is born!” </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>They use to carry an iron made triangle, which they use as an musical instrument. </li></ul>
  4. 4. “ Kalanta on 19 th century”, panted by famous Greek painter N. Gyzis
  5. 5. Here is the beginning of the Christmas carols :   <ul><li>«Good morning, my gentlemen, </li></ul><ul><li>and if you wish, </li></ul><ul><li>we will announce Christ’ Holy Birth </li></ul><ul><li>to your mansion. </li></ul><ul><li>Christ is born today in Bethlehem! </li></ul><ul><li>The skies are glad </li></ul><ul><li>and the whole Nature is happy». </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  6. 6. Children are singing carols for the President of the Greek Democracy
  7. 7. Click here to listen to Greek Christmas Carols  
  8. 8. Presents <ul><li>The children in Greece and Cyprus use to get their presents on New Year's Eve, not on Christmas Day, as their &quot;Santa&quot; is Ayios Vasilis , whom they celebrate on January 1 st . </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Ayios Vasilis was </li></ul><ul><li>a Bishop, who </li></ul><ul><li>lived in 4 th </li></ul><ul><li>century A.C. </li></ul><ul><li>He was a very </li></ul><ul><li>educated man </li></ul><ul><li>and he used to </li></ul><ul><li>look after all </li></ul><ul><li>poor people. </li></ul>
  10. 10. In Greece and Cyprus there are many other traditions and customs, which are related to Christmas, New Year and Epiphany.
  11. 11. Christopsomo (Christ's Bread) <ul><li>Christopsomo (Christ's Bread) is considered a sacred tradition in many Greek and Cypriot homes, and the care, with which it is made, is said to ensure the well-being of the home in the year to come. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>The bread is decorated with pieces of dough formed into various representations like a Cross or aspects of family’s life. </li></ul>
  13. 13. “ Kalikantzari” <ul><li>According to myth, mischievous and even dangerous elves called “Kalikantzari“. </li></ul><ul><li>They come to Earth only during the twelve days of Christmas, from Christmas Eve to Epiphany Day, on January, 6th. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>These little fellows rove over the waters, roaming around the villages after midnight, and playing all sorts of harmless jokes. </li></ul><ul><li>Should you meet one, you can scare it off by making the sign of the Cross three times. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Vasilopitta <ul><li>Another custom dating back to 4th century is Vasilopitta , a traditional cake, in which a golden coin is hidden. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Vasilopitta is cut by the father in the houses on New Year's Day. </li></ul><ul><li>One slice of the cake is always cut for Jesus Christ, one for the house and one for absent family members. Each person in the family gets a slice starting with the youngest. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>The person who finds the coin is considered to be the luckiest member of the family for the year. </li></ul>
  18. 18. We wish you “Merry Christmas and a Happy Year, 2010” 1 st Gymnasium of Chaidari Athens, Greece

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