A Very Greek Christmas
Have you always wondered how people celebrate Christmas at your favorite summer destinations? Every country has its own festive traditions and that is what makes them so unique. We have collected some rather unusual local customs that most likely you have never heard of.
Saint Basil’s Cake – Vasilopita
This traditional bread-like cake is served at midnight on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the life of Saint Basil (Agios Vasilis). Even though Santa Claus’s Greek ‘cousin’ did come down chimneys but he spent his life helping those in need. The twist of Saint Basil’s cake is that it contains a coin or trinket that is baked inside of it. Traditionally, the cake is cut by a senior member of the Greek family, and whoever finds the coin is thought to have a good fortune in the following year. It is believed that the tradition originates from the good deeds of Saint Basil who wanted to give money to the poor, but in order not to make them feel ashamed, he asked a woman at the bakery to sneak some gold coins into the bread upon making it.