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.

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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!