This is a list of our favourite traditional Greek Christmas, New Year and Epiphany Carols and songs. We wish all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Christopsomo (Χριστόψωμο), Christ’s bread is a very old Orthodox tradition. In most Greek Orthodox homes, the bread is made on the 24th of December with high quality ingredients and a lot of care. It is usually round in form with decorations on top. In the old times, people would fast until the morning church service on Christmas day and would eat this bread as their dinner just with olives and red wine.
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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.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 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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