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Greek Christmas Customs of Asia Minor

Most people who live in Thrace and Eastern Macedonia have roots from Asia Minor. Today, their descendants follow the customs that their refugee ancestors brought to these parts of Greece. The festive season of Christmas and the New Year is an...

Ancient Greek Good Luck Charms for the New Year

The word Γούρι (Gouri) means both "good luck" and "good luck charm" in Greek. Objects and practices which have been considered to attract good luck are part of ancient customs that have existed through the ages -- and are...

The Greek Custom of Vasilopita and the Lucky Coin for the New Year

The story of the Greek Orthodox custom of the Vasilopita with the lucky coin inside, begins in Asia Minor, and more specifically in the city of Caesarea in Cappadocia, more than 1600 years ago. This was during the time when...

Greek-Canadians of Patras Celebrate 4 Decades of Friendship

Nearly four decades of Greek/Canadian friendship were celebrated recently in the Greek city of Patras. A huge turnout greeted the Greek-Canadian League of Patras' annual traditional Vasilopita-cutting event this week. The event, which was held at the Astir Hotel, was attended...

Record Breaking 2,500 kilo Vasilopita Made in Greece (video)

Greek bakers gave Greece their well wishes for 2018 by making and offering a record-breaking 2,500 kilo Vasilopita (Greek New Year’s cake) to locals for free. The 70-metre-long and 3-metre-wide Vasilopita was cut in 15,000 slices in Athens’ suburban municipality...

Nine Greek Vasilopita Options for the New Year

It's always a great idea to welcome the New Year with delicious homemade Greek dishes. As far as the most traditional one is concerned, Vasilopita cakes come in different shapes and for all tastes, both sweet and savory. All...

New Year Traditions Across Greece

The warm festive atmosphere in the beautifully decorated Greek cities and villages is topped with customs and traditions that are revived in various regions across Greece. Smashing Pomegranate Families keep several traditions that are supposed to bring them luck for the...

The Most Peculiar Greek Vasilopita Recipe Contains Meat!

The New Year's cake -- commonly known as vasilopita -- recipe varies depending on the place of origin. It is not always sweet which may seem peculiar to certain Greeks, especially those who live in the capital or abroad. In...

Unique 'Vasilopita' Recipes from Across Greece

On New Year's Day or at midnight on New Year's Eve people across Greece cut the vasilopita, a traditional bread or cake containing a hidden coin which gives good luck to the receiver. Vasilopita is associated with Saint Basil's...