The traditional Greek New Year’s Carols

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During the morning hours of the 31st of December, each year, children visit their neighborhood’s homes to sing the New Year’s carols with the help of a musical triangle and they wish people Happy New Year. In cities, they also visit shops to sing the carols. The shop owners in return, offer the children a small amount of money to thank them for the wishes.

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In Greek tradition, Santa Claus is named Saint Vassilis and he visits the houses in New Years Eve to bring the presents to children. The lyrics of the New Year’ s carols, basically are used to welcome Saint Vassilis into Greek houses for prosperous life and good health. 
In the video you can listen to the Greek New Year’s Carols sang by children. Happy New Year to all of you!  
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From ancient till modern times Greeks like to dance. Tsifteteli is one of the most popular

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The sensual oriental solo dance of belly-dance, has been part of the Greek culture for many years due to Greece’s close location to Turkey and the Middle East. Especially after the Minor Asia catastrophe in 1923, this style of dance with sad lyrics and music was developed in many areas in Greece. Many archaeologists claim that Greek belly-dance existed during ancient and medieval years as an influence from the Arabic and Middle Eastern cultural exchange.  
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Greeks use the word “Tsifteteli” to name belly-dance, a word that originates from the equivalent Turkish word “Chifteteli”. Tsifteteli dancers do not wear the harem costumes. Also their torso and hands movements are simpler than those of the oriental style. The music for tsifteteli can be played by a clarinet or bouzouki.   
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Modern tsifteteli songs have nothing to do with the original ones that firstly made their appearance in Greece. The music is sometimes something between pop and Arabic and the lyrics are simple, mainly about human relationships. Greeks dance a lot of tsifteteli, probably more than ever before. From parties to Bouzouki clubs, from weddings to villages feasts. 



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