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New Years Eve Celebrations in Greece

The feelings of joy and merriment are associated with the festival of the New Year. The occasion of the New Year is celebrated all over the world. Greece that is officially known as the Hellenic Republic, is a country in south eastern Europe. New Year’s Eve in Greece is with great pomp and vigor.There are many customs and traditions that are associated with the New Year’s Eve in Greece.
It is a tradition for the people of Greece to accumulate in the town’s plaza or in the town’s center for last minute shopping for the occasion of New Year’s eve. On the roads of Greece, young citizens produce a maniacal scene by announcing a bloodless war on each other.  They use as weapons such as plastic clubs, giant plastic hammers, foam spray and whistles. Another  important custom associated with New Years Eve in Greece is the cutting of the Vassilopitta (the New Year cake).
As the New Year rolls in, the father starts to cut the cake in a ceremony. The first piece of cake is offered to Christ, the second piece is for the house, the third piece is for the most senior member of the household and then it is distributed among all family members.  It is believed that the person who gets the gold coin that is hidden inside the cake will receive good throughout the coming year.
Another custom that is linked to the New Year’s Eve in Greece is the Pothariko, that is the people of Greece on New Year’s Eve ask their best friends, or relatives, who they think would bring luck to them to be the first person to enter their house on New Year’s Eve. Most of the citizens of Greece people prefer a child to an adult regarding this custom as children are considenavy to be innocent and pure.
Most of the inhabitants of Greece celebrate New Year’s Eve by being part of the festivities that takes place in the bars and the night clubs and the display of fireworks that takes place in the central squares throughout the cities of Greece are an integral part of the New Years Eve celebrations in Greece.

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