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Greek Christmas - the holy days December 22 nd St. Anastasia day 24 th carols St Eugenia day 25 th Christmas – early morning Mass 26 th St Emmanuel Day 27 th St. Stephens Day! Greek celebrations in January 1 st First Day of the year and St. Basil‘s day. Vassilopitta or St Basil's cake is the most important custom. A silver or gold coin is placed inside this cake. The custom of a strict order is followed to distribute this cake on New Year in Greece. The first piece is kept for St. Basil, the second for the house, the third for the senior most member of the house that also includes the absent members. A small piece of the cake is also kept for the cattle and a large piece for the poor. It is believed that whoever finds the coin in their piece of cake is sure to be lucky for the next year. January 1 st Feast Day of St. Basil - Orthodox Christian - First day of the year 6 th Epiphany or Theophania (Jesus Baptism) - Feast of the Theophany - Orthodox Christian 7 th St. John’s day
Christmas songs the same but different Trigona Kalanta JINGLE BELLS Jingle Bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way, Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh! Trigona calanda, mes ti Gitonia irthan ta christougenna kai i protochronia Trigona calanda, skorpisan pantou Kathe spiti mia gonia tou mikrou Christou Means: Bells and carols in the neighbourhood Christmas and New Year; s day came Bells and carols Everywhere Every home a small corner for the little Christ
Mr Thanasis Gatziouras and the E 1 class prepared interior decoration to show you. You can do it with simple things just as branches, pinecones and candies.
Branches and candies round a wire core and a Christmas tree with brooms decorated by the students
These are the brooms before and after students’ work!!!
A wish tree made of branches in a pot with some lights. Students hung their wishes for the new year and everybody can read them and a tree made of branches painted with cold spray and hung small presents and cotton balls.
This tree needs branches cotton and sponges in silver or bronze. You put candles in it!!
Mr Thanasis is proud for his students and the decorated classroom
This is a typical sweet of Kozani. Then a melomak’arono Christmas Greek Sweet and k’urambies
Some more Christmas Pictures! Roasted Pork and some of the Christmas table. You can see giapraki, the most typical dish for Kozani. People eat together the three days of Christmas, on New Year’s day and Epiphany.