How to celebrate New Year in Greece
Celebrate the New Year abroad, in the ancient and eternally young in Greece - a double celebration. If you choose this country for their Christmas tour, then get ready for a vivid, unforgettable experience, and be sure to grab a trip in a beautiful evening dress in which you will find this enchanting celebration.
Instruction how to celebrate New Year in Greece
The Greeks, like all peoples of the Mediterranean Sea, are very fond of holidays and celebrate. The very nature of Greece, its climate are conducive to this. In fact, a series of New Year holiday begins on the night of December 25 when all Europe is celebrating Christmas, and lasts until January 8 - Ginaykratii holiday, which is celebrated in many provinces.
Birthday January 1, Greece is considered the day of St. Basil, the patron saint of the poor. This holy and performs the traditional role of Santa Claus and gifts fills the shoes that the children are left in the New Year's Eve by the fireplace. It's a family holiday, but the Greeks prefer to celebrate it in their home and their relatives and friends. If you do not have friends in Greece, and you're not invited to someone's family home, the tourist centers and major cities you can always book a restaurant or celebrate the holiday in the hotel.
As with any holiday, the day of St. Basil accompanied traditions. On this day, try not to cry, and did not even raise his voice to the new year pass without scandals and quarrels. January 1, you can not drink coffee - the Greeks believe that refusing to grind grain and drink a cup of coffee, they will avoid the gossip and intrigue in the next 365 days. Bad omen is considered broken dishes, so be careful.
If you are invited to the New Year's Eve for a visit, do not forget, going back to grab the stone on the road. Such a gift to the host will be very happy, no matter what the value of the goods you bring. Large stone donate, saying: "Let your wealth will be the same big and heavy as the stone", and a small stone accompany a wish: "May the owner of the disease will be as small and light."
Prepare to be that the New Year's table and the food will be quite heavy and heavy. A traditional dish that night will be baked suckling pig and potatoes in their jackets. On the islands of the pig can substitute turkey. The decoration of the table will be "vasilopita" - a cake dedicated to the saint - the patron of the festival. Particularly luck to the guests, who will get a piece of this pie baked with a coin inside. So, just in case, gently bite, so that together with the acquired happiness not break a tooth.