Christmas Traditions in Greece

According to the head of the Athens-Attica Hotels Association, Greece may draw a record number of more than 17 million tourists in 2013 as fear of a euro exit dissipates and a decrease in strikes helps the country’s image abroad. Another reason why many people are drawn to Greece is because of its breathtaking scenery and magnificent attractions including the Parthenon and the Acropolis of Athens.

Travelling to Greece isn’t really that cheap, that’s why some people find ways on how they can save during their trip. In an article published on Parking4less’s blog, it says there that many people’s first port of call while organizing a holiday these days is to visit one or all of the cheap flight websites. But people should beware of extra costs that flight websites add to their cheap flights such as booking fees, tax, luggage fares, infant charges, and rescue fees. So it is wiser to compare regular airfare rates and cheap airfare rates to see what’s more inexpensive.

The prices on Agistri and in Greece in general also increase during the holiday season so make sure to book your accommodations in advance. To experience the best of this country, try to learn about their tradition so you can experience how’s it like being a local. Here’s a list of the Christmas traditions in Greece:

Singing Kalanda

The village children travel from house to house (24th & 31st of December and the 5th of January) offering good wishes and singing “kalanda” (carols) that are  accompanied by small metal triangles based on an article published on The History of Christmas.

Fasting

Just like the Season of Lent, still some Greeks fast for 40 days before Christmas Eve so that they can prepare for the big holiday feast. They serve “Christopsomo” (Christ Bread), which was decorated according to the profession of each family member, during the Christmas feast.

Interacting with the locals will help you discover more about their traditions. So take time to get to know them and join their activities for the best holiday experience in Greece.