Traditional Greek Christmas

The superstitious habits of people from older days still prevail today, with many of them based on health reasons.

One of the habits is for Greeks to wear new clothing for good luck when the New Year comes and to return whatever borrowed, again for good luck.

From Christmas to Theofania (Epiphany Day) people are not supposed to wash their hair, as they wait for the waters to be blessed on Theofania.

They wait for Christmas and New Year’s as it is a time when they break their 40-day fasting. In the villages, youth gather with their musical instruments and make Christmas Eve visits to homes to sing and play carols.

The Christmas carols are many and each region of Greece has its own.

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