Famous New Year’s traditions


Famous New Year’s traditions

There are several famous new year’s traditions around the world. The pomegranate and onions are two of the most famous New Year’s traditions in Greece. But few know the course and how it came to be retained unaltered through time …

Pomegranate for thousands of years by various cultures regarded as the symbol of fertility, abundance and good luck but. The ancient Greeks before getting into their new home they used to break in frond of the new house doorstep  a pomegranate. But breaking the pomegranate is basically just as soon as  the New Year comes and this is a tradition to many places around Greece.

Once the  house owner exchange of greetings with family and relatives , friends, or a family member who is lucky breaks and pomegranate before anyone else comes  in the house with her/his right foot. In contrast to other regions, breaking the pomegranate takes place either in the morning or after New Year’s the Holy Mass is the same day, after the Holy ceremony at the church on New Years day as  they have taken with them the Church to be bless. The expression “broke the pomegranate” means therefore that was a good start.

Famous New Year’s traditions are besides the promenade the Onion
The Onion (Bosco) on the other is a plant that the ancient Greeks considered it a symbol of regeneration and health. In many parts of Greece used to place one Kremmyda  outside the house on the  New Year’s eve.  At the morning of the New Year, the father or mother of the family hits the onions heads of family members for them to wake up to go to the church for St. Basil services. Then they hang it somewhere in the house to have good luck throughout the year.

Famous New Year’s traditions as these two traditions are still  alive and were kept  over the years and continue to be duly honored throughout Greece.

Source: The pomegranate and onion – Two customs that ‘won’ the time, http://www.acharnorama.gr


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