Καλή Χρονιά! – Happy New Year!

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Παραμονή Πρωτοχρονιάς αύριο και τα παιδιά (και όχι μόνο…) θα βγουν στους δρόμους να τα πουν και πάλι. Είπα λοιπόν να τα πω και εγώ, διαδικτυακά!

Ασημώστε όμως γιατί είμαστε σε κρίση. Και εις έτη πολλά!

Τα ήθη και έθιμα του τόπου μπορείτε να τα διαβάστε στη σελίδα Πρωτοχρονιά στη Κρήτη.

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Early in the morning of New Year’s Eve the kids (sometimes older people too) go out to say the day’s carols. Kids are given money or sweets but older people accept drinks too. The following video has a few pictures of sweets made in Greece for the season.

New Year’s Day sweet is bougatsa for us, but you can read more at New Year in Greece

Να τα πούμε; – Shall we say them?

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Και εις έτη πολλά!

Και αν θέλετε περισσότερες πληροφορίες για τις Χριστουγεννιάτικες παραδόσεις στην Κρήτη, επισκευθήτε τη σχετική σελίδα του blog.

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The singing of Christmas carols is a custom which is preserved in its entirety to this day.

Children still go from house to house in twos or more singing the carols, while accompanied by the sounds of the triangle, even guitars, accordions, lyres or harmonicas.
A very old custom which remains today practically unchanged is the Greek Christmas carols, which is called calanda in Greek. Children, in groups of two or more, still make the rounds of houses singing carols, usually accompanied by the triangle or guitars, accordions or harmonicas.

The children go from house to house, knock on doors and ask: “shall we say them?” If the homeowner’s answer is yes, the kids sing the Christmas carols for several minutes before finishing up with the wish, “And for the next year, many happy returns.” Years ago the homeowners offered the children holiday sweets and pastries, but today they usually give them some money.

You can read more details about the Christmas traditions at the relevant page.
There are special spirits for Christmas holidays in Greece, called Kalikantzaroi, you can read more about them at the relevant page.

Last but not least, the video has painting of the Cretan painter El Greco read all about him at this Wiki page.

Χριστούγεννα 2008 @ Ηράκλειο – Christmas 2008 @ Heraklion

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Τη Τρίτη 16/12, έγινε η γιορτή για το στολισμό του Χριστουγενιάτικου δένδρου του 2008.
Από το τοπικό παγκρήτιο τηλεοπτικό κανάλι το σχετικό video

Χρόνια Πολλά, Καλές γιορτές, με υγεία και χαρά!

Καλά Χριστούγεννα!

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Last Tuesday, the 16th December, took place the party to turn on the lights of the decoration of the city, at the Heraklion center. There was a big party at the city’s central square (Liberty Square), and many people had fun. There is a video from the local TV channel for you to have a feeling of what happened there. Creatans wish us all for the Holidays, to have fun and enjoy the season.

Merry Christmas!

Ηράκλειο ξημερώματα – Heraklion waking up

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Εικόνες που οι περισσότεροι ντόπιοι και ταξιδιώτες έχουν δει, αρώματα και γεύσεις που έχουμε νιώσει.

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When you come to Crete by boat you arrive at about 6:00 in the morning. The best you can do at that time is to visit the square at the city center with the fountain of the «Lions» (its actual name is Kalergon, but it is not an easy name to remember so we all call it the Lions’ Square). There you can find breakfast and see the city wake up. Your breakfast has to have «Mpougatsa» which is made with cream or cheese and phyllo.

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Here is some video with images from Heraklion waking up process.