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by Isabella FLORIS

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CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS eBOOK
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The mini MEGA Christmas project
CONTENTS
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Chapter 01 - GREEK CUSTOMS . . . . . . . . . . . .

Chapter 02 - SLOVAK CUSTOMS . . . . . . . . . . .

Chapter 03 - ITALIAN CUSTOMS. . . . . . . . . . .

Chapter 04 - SERBIAN CUSTOMS . . . . . . . . . . .

Chapter 05 - SPANISH CUSTOMS . . . . . . . . . . .


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Welcome
The content of this ebook is the outcome of hard work, cooperation and coordination among the students and teachers who participated in "The mini MEGA Christmas project" eTwinning project. Eagerly looking back into their roots and testimonies, students gathered invaluable information about the way Christmas is celebrated in their countries. These all joined together were then dramatised and are now presented in the form of a common book to be shared with all of you...

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GREEK CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
BREAKING NEW YEAR'S POMEGRANATE

Οn New Year's morning, the family goes to church, all dressed in their best clothes to attend the Great Basil Mass and welcome the new year.

On the way back, the owner of the house has in his pocket a pomegranate which he kept during the Mass, which in the past was kept in the house’s icons from September 14, i.e. the day of the Cross.

He is the one who enters first and breaks the pomegranate. He must ring the bell on the closed front door and it will be opened for him. He does not open himself with his key.

Entering, with his right foot, he breaks the pomegranate behind the front door so that its seeds are thrown everywhere and at the same time he says: "With health, happiness and joy in the new year and as many seeds as the pomegranate has, so much money in our pocket all year round."



The children gathered around watch the crimson seeds. As strong and beautiful as the seeds are, so happy and blessed will be the days that the new year brings with it.

Another wish that is usually said when breaking the pomegranate is: "As heavy as the pomegranate, shall be our wallet, as full of fruits as the pomegranate, may our house be full of good and as red as the pomegranate, so red may our hearts be too!'
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Slovakia dramatises the Greek pomegranate tradition.
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