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Saint Vasilios is the Greek version of Santa Claus. And while the internationally known Santa delivers his presents on Christmas Eve, Saint Vasilios waits a few days and delivers the presents on New Year’s Day. Usually small presents or monies are left in the pair of shoes left outside the childrens door (of thier rooms).
Hence the Vasilios cake, or vasilopita in Greek: a sweet, round cake in which the head of the family ceremoniously cuts at the turn of the year. Each piece is designated to members of the family and the first three pieces are offered in order to Jesus, the Virgin Mary and Saint Vasilios, while the fourth piece goes to the family home or family business. The rest goes to family members in order of age. Inside the cake there is a hidden coin, that will go to the lucky person who gets that piece.
New Year’s Eve is also a day when Greeks try their luck. They believe that if they win playing cards or the lottery, they will have good luck all year long. Lotteries and card games at home or in clubs and coffee shops are ongoing when the year turns.
On New Year’s Day, who is going to enter your home first is often considered a sign of luck. It is called podariko (from the word podi which means foot). Usually, Greeks want children to enter their home first, since children are pure of heart and innocent and are told to enter with thier right foot. Many Greeks invite nephews, nieces and grandchildren and they give them the “good hand,” which can be money, toys or sweets.
The pomegranate is a symbol of abundance, fertility and good luck. In many areas of Greece they hang a pomegranate in their home in autumn. After the New Year’s Eve church service, they smash the pomegranate at the door while wishing “Happy New Year!”
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