Merry Christmas in Greek: Kalá Christoúgenna. In Greece, New Year’s Eve is celebrated in a similar way to Spain. That night stands out for the distribution of the roscón de San Basilio, a kind of bun similar to the roscón de Reyes that is eaten with the whole family and with friends.
It includes a coin (it was once gold and now it is a normal currency), who is lucky to eat the piece where the coin is will have a very prosperous year. Dinner is at home with the whole family a variety of dishes, turkey, lamb; Several first and second courses.
The Greeks are mostly orthodox, and all very convinced of their religious beliefs. In Greece, Christmas is celebrated on December 25th to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Some days later, there is another very important party, the Baptism of Jesus, which is celebrated on January 6th (tone footnote). That explains why the Christmas holidays in Greece begin on December 24 and end on January 8th.
How to Say Merry Christmas in Greek?
Merry Christmas: Kalá Christoúgenna
On December 24, young children wake up early and go from house to house singing the calendars (short poems and kind of songs about the history of Christmas and the New Year), shaking their Trigona (steel triangle that is hit with a small wand of the same material). The people of the houses, happy because this tradition is preserved, which dates back to the Greek calendars, rewards them with fruits and a type of small desserts made for Christmas: the kourabiédes (sugar-coated cookies). The night of 24th is quiet: the lights are weak. Cities and towns sleep.
On December 25, people traditionally wake up very early (before dawn) to go to church to celebrate the birth of Jesus, which happened during the night. Then the family meets at a common lunch during which all the typical specialties of this party are served, such as Galopoula (turkey stuffed with chestnuts, Corinthian raisin, and walnuts or almonds) with baked potatoes, Gourounopoulo psi to (a pig in olive oil, cooked in a low heat oven for about 3 hours, and constantly bathed with its juice, hot water, and lemon juice) and melomakarona (dessert made from nuts and honey syrup).
In Greece, there is no Christmas tree (that European custom comes from the northern countries), but splendid models of wooden sailing boats are used, specially decorated with shiny balls that remind the sea, an element always present in Greece. On 25 no gifts are distributed; There is no relationship between Santa Claus and the birth of Jesus. The first day of the San Basili years, the true Santa Claus in Greece, this day’s lunch is the vasilopita with a nomisma (a small coin that is inside. In the beginning, it was to hide a lyre of silver or gold. Who would find the coin would have a lucky year. This holiday period ends with the baptism of Jesus on January 6th.