Celebrating the New Year abroad, in ancient and forever young Greece, is a double holiday. If you have chosen this country for your New Year's tour, then get ready for a vivid, unforgettable experience and be sure to take a beautiful evening dress on your trip, in which you will meet this enchanting holiday.
The Greeks, like all peoples living in the Mediterranean Sea, are very fond of holidays and celebrating. The very nature of Greece, its climate are conducive to this. In fact, the series of New Year's holidays begins on the night of December 25, when all of Europe celebrates Christmas, and continues until January 8, the holiday of Ginaikratia, which is celebrated in many provinces.
Day 1 January in Greece is considered the day of St. Basil, the patron saint of the poor. This saint plays the traditional role of Santa Claus and fills the shoes with gifts that children leave by the fireplace on New Year's Eve. This is a family holiday, but the Greeks prefer to celebrate it on a visit, with relatives and friends. If you have no acquaintances in Greece, and you are not invited to someone's family home, then in tourist centers and large cities you can always order a restaurant or celebrate this holiday in a hotel.
Like any holiday, St. Basil's Day is accompanied by traditions. On this day, try not to shout or even raise your voice so that the new year will go without scandals and quarrels. On January 1, you will not be able to drink coffee - the Greeks believe that by refusing to grind beans and drink a cup of coffee, they will avoid gossip and intrigue for the next 365 days. Broken dishes are considered a bad omen, so be careful.
If you are invited to visit on New Year's Eve, do not forget, heading there, to grab a stone along the way. The owner will be very happy with such a gift, no matter how large the load you bring. Give a large stone with the words: "May your wealth be as large and heavy as this stone", and accompany the small stone with the wish: "May the owner's illnesses be as small and light."
Get ready for the New Year's table and food to be quite plentiful and heavy. The traditional dish on this night will be baked pig and jacket potatoes. On the islands, a turkey can replace a piglet. The decoration of the table will be "basilopita" - a pie dedicated to the saint - the patron saint of the holiday. Particularly lucky is the one of the guests who gets a piece of this pie with a coin baked inside. Therefore, just in case, bite carefully so as not to break a tooth along with the acquired happiness.