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Vasilopita: The Roots of Greek New Year's Cake and How to Make it

Vasilopita is a traditional Greek dessert prepared across Greece for New Year's Day with the roots of the tradition stemming from the legend of Saint Basil. According to legend, St. Basil called on the citizens of Caesarea to raise a...

New Year's Eve Forecast: Icing Sugar 'Warnings'

“It was December 31, the last day of the year. Cheerful pedestrians were marching hastily on snow-covered roads carrying colorful wrapped gifts... But no one paid attention to the young, poor girl who was trying to sell matches on...

Traditions and Ideas for Your Greek Christmas Holidays!

Christmas is here and New Year's day is approaching, so for those wondering how to make their festive dinners and gifts stand out, here are a few ideas that have been a part of Greek culture for years. During Christmas and...

Greek Naturists Cut Their New Year's Cake

Naturists from all over Greece gathered at Ekali in Athens, Greece, on January 11, in order to cut the Vasilopita (New Year’s traditional cake) for 2014. The Greek naturist movement is hoping to make a fresh start after five years...

Origins of Greek Vasilopita

Vasilopita, as Greek tradition dictates, is cut by families on New Year’s Day to bless the house and bring good luck for the new year. This is usually done at midnight of New Year's Eve in Greece. A coin...

A Guide to Greek Christmas

Greece may be best known for its Easter holidays with the spring flowers and red eggs rather than its Christmas tradition, but it sure has to offer an unforgettable experience for everyone visiting the country during the 14 official holidays...

'Vasilopita' One of the Most Inspirational Traditions of Greek Orthodox Church

One of the most beautiful and inspirational traditions of the Greek Orthodox Church is the annual family celebration of the Vasilopita. This original event which happened in Cappadocia of Caesarea in the last half of the fourth century, is...