Monday, 1 January 2018

Ευτυχισμένος ο καινούριος χρόνος ...

Kalo Mina - Good Month - Ianouários - January ...

Happy New Year !


You celebrate the start of the new year with Kalo Podariko - Getting the year off on the right foot ...

In Greece the youngest member of the house, is the first to enter the house in the new year. The youngest, who is 'the purest' must enter the house, 'Right foot first' - As must everyone else who follows, thus 'Getting the year off on the right foot' on the first day of the year ...

That done, Once indoors we cut the Vasilopita cake ...

Here it Is - My very own creation ...



Vasilopita is the cake with which Greeks welcome the New Year.

Cutting Vasilopitta has a specific ritual that is followed with devotion. The Cake is cut either a couple of minutes right after midnight of the New Year’s Eve and in the first minutes of the New Year or next morning after the breakfast.

According to the tradition, the head of the house, usually the father, first makes the sign of cross on the cake and starts cutting piece by piece the Vasilopita, devoting each piece to each family member. However, the very first piece is always devoted to Jesus Christ, the second one to the family home, the third to him and so on ...

The one who finds the Golden coin in his or her piece, will have luck all through the year.

Therefore, before each piece is cut, one has to name first to whom the piece belongs. If guests are present, they will be called after the family members and according to age, from eldest to the youngest.

The coin is hidden in the cake dough before baking.

In older times, the coin was a golden coin, later it mutated into a normal currency coin wrapped in aluminium foil for hygienic reasons.

Later update: Still no sign of the magic coin. Junior has not located ours yet. It's just a matter of time, to find it for the third year running ...

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