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Greek Coffee Pot (μπρικι)

Greek Coffee Pot (μπρικι)

The Greek Santa Claus is Agios Vasilis (Αγιος Βασίλης) and he brings presents on New Year’s Eve. Agios Vasilis is St. Basil in English, and he comes from Caesarea in Asia Minor. He died on January 1st, 379 AD, and the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates his memory on January 1st. This is why in Greece Agios Vasilis brings presents on New Year’s Eve and not on Christmas, as it happens elsewhere in the world.

The Greek Santa Claus is Agios Vasilis (Αγιος Βασίλης) and he brings presents on New Year’s Eve. Agios Vasilis is St. Basil in English, and he comes from Caesarea in Asia Minor. He died on January 1st, 379 AD, and the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates his memory on January 1st. This is why in Greece Agios Vasilis brings presents on New Year’s Eve and not on Christmas, as it happens elsewhere in the world.

Christmas carols in Greece, 1950s

Christmas carols in Greece, 1950s

Even though the Greek Christmas is regarded by many as less colourful than the Greek Easter, the Greeks really have some of the richest Christmas traditions in the world. As elsewhere, the Christmas tree is a recent innovation and formerly (and indeed still on some islands today) a Christmas ship was decorated and had the place of the tree.

Christmas Traditions in Greece…

Even though the Greek Christmas is regarded by many as less colourful than the Greek Easter, the Greeks really have some of the richest Christmas traditions in the world. As elsewhere, the Christmas tree is a recent innovation and formerly (and indeed still on some islands today) a Christmas ship was decorated and had the place of the tree.

there's a little church in every town and village in crete... cretans are proud that they now can practice Christianity freely - gliko nero, crete

there's a little church in every town and village in crete... cretans are proud that they now can practice Christianity freely - gliko nero, crete

Τraditional wedding in eastern Crete... παραδοσιακός γάμος...ανατολική Κρήτη

Τraditional wedding in eastern Crete... παραδοσιακός γάμος...ανατολική Κρήτη

Agios Minas ceiling frescoes, Heraklio, Crete

Agios Minas ceiling frescoes, Heraklio, Crete

Wine Harvest on the Greek island of Crete This is a scene from a Cretan grape harvest at a small vineyard between the villages of Kalives and Armeni. Family and friends come together to pick and squeeze the vine-ripened fruit for table wine.  Wine-making has a long history in Crete that goes back almost 4000 years. Wine was produced by the Minoans on this Mediterranean island before 1600 BC.

Wine Harvest on the Greek island of Crete This is a scene from a Cretan grape harvest at a small vineyard between the villages of Kalives and Armeni. Family and friends come together to pick and squeeze the vine-ripened fruit for table wine. Wine-making has a long history in Crete that goes back almost 4000 years. Wine was produced by the Minoans on this Mediterranean island before 1600 BC.

TRAVEL'IN GREECE | Erich Lessing, #Crete, 1955, #travelingreece

TRAVEL'IN GREECE | Erich Lessing, #Crete, 1955, #travelingreece

1927 ~ Nikos Kazantzakis in Corinth, with fishermen

1927 ~ Nikos Kazantzakis in Corinth, with fishermen

Greek traditional dance (44) by Thalia Nouarou, via Flickr

Greek traditional dance (44) by Thalia Nouarou, via Flickr

Traditional , Cretan musician, Antonis Martsakis. "Never forget the lands you come from. A tree has no value if it doesn't have roots".

Traditional , Cretan musician, Antonis Martsakis. "Never forget the lands you come from. A tree has no value if it doesn't have roots".

Tourline - Knossos - Lasithi Plateau »

Tourline - Knossos - Lasithi Plateau »

Lyra is a Crete traditional musical instruments http://progressive-rocker.blogspot.gr/2012/03/cretan-music.html# #music

Lyra is a Crete traditional musical instruments http://progressive-rocker.blogspot.gr/2012/03/cretan-music.html# #music

A man poses in the national costume of Crete - Greece in colour, 1920's; Images by Maynard Owen Williams / Wilhelm Tobien Source: National Geographic Stock

A man poses in the national costume of Crete - Greece in colour, 1920's; Images by Maynard Owen Williams / Wilhelm Tobien Source: National Geographic Stock

Greek women in traditional costume (by Nellys)..

Greek women in traditional costume (by Nellys)..