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New Year's Day

Saint Basil's Place in Greek History

Saint Basil, whose feast day is on January 1, is always remembered by the Greek people as the figure who bore gifts and helped children, the poor and the underprivileged around Christmastime. This is not terribly difficult to understand since...

The Historical Origins of Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra

Although Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, is the figure that all nations with Christian traditions associate with Christmas, one major difference exists between the Greeks and the rest of the world regarding the identity of the man who brings...

After Brief Respite, Greece Braces for First Storm of 2020

Winter storm ''Zenobia'' might have begun to recede on Tuesday; however, a new cold snap is expected in the coming days, this time bringing more thunderstorms, freezing temperatures and snowfall to Greece. Most of the country began its New Year's Eve...

Pomegranate: The Ancient Greek Symbol of Life, Good Fortune for the New Year

Smashing a pomegranate on New Year’s Day is an Ancient Greek custom that continues to this day as the red colored nutritious fruit is considered a symbol of life and good fortune. Ancient Greeks believed that the pomegranate’s ruby-like arils,...

Why Greeks Smash a Pomegranate on New Year's Day

Breaking the pomegranate on New Year's Day is an Ancient Greek holiday tradition, with its origins in the Peloponnese or Serres, and later spreading over the entire nation. In Greek folklore, the pomegranate has served as a symbol of strength since...

Podariko: The Greek New Year's Custom is Still Alive

One of the oldest customs Greeks follow with the advent of the New Year is called “podariko”, from the root pod-, or foot, roughly meaning “good foot.”  Loosely translated, this means that the person who first sets foot in your...

The Most Popular New Year's Traditions in Greece

Do you ever wonder what people in Greece are up to for the New Year's holiday? The country and its people are so passionate about their culture and traditions, that it is no wonder there are so many New...

Out of the Ordinary New Year's Eve Customs

New Year's Day may be the only holiday which is celebrated with pomp and circumstance across the globe. Each country has its own traditions for this day. Each region of Greece has unique traditions along with different beliefs and...