Christmas Traditions in Greece
The Hall of the Humanitarian Innovation Park held a meeting dedicated to the Greek traditions of celebrating Christmas and New Year.
The event was prepared by the 2nd and the 3rd year students of Classic Philology together with Elena Kaurova and Evgeniia Litinskaya, lecturers of the Department of Classic Philology, Russian Literature and Journalism of the Institute of Philology.
A special guest of the meeting was Ekaterina Aravani, a representative of the Greek diaspora in Petrozavodsk, philologist and Greek language teacher in the school "Ellinika". The event was complemented by a live broadcast from Greece. Galina Aravani showed the festive decoration of her home and talked about the Christmas traditions on the island of Spetses.
The students took part in a master class in Greek dances and competed in decorating toy boats, which is an essential attribute of winter holidays in Greece. They also found out who will be the luckiest in the coming year by picking a random piece of Vasilopita holiday cake with a coin inside.
“We would like to thank Ksenia Kovalevskaya who baked Vasilopita cake, and Maksim Zarodov for telling us stories about the Christmas traditions connected to the holiday Greek cake named after Basil of Caesarea. Also, big thanks to Sofia Kuzmina and Maria Martemianova for preparing and conducting a boat decorating game, and to everyone who attended the event! Χρόνια Πολλά! Καλά Χριστούγεννα!”
- said the organizers.