Christmas Festivities and Traditions in Greece

Are you planning your Christmas holidays and still haven't made up any decision? Why not celebrate Christmas in Greece? Greece is a country where traditions are an integral part of everyday life. Most holidays in Greece are celebrated traditionally, and Christmas in no exception.You can see everywhere beautiful light decorations, figures of angels, bells and other Christmasy items. Mostly, you can notice see boats with a lots of sparkling lights, rather than the traditional Christmas trees that is explained by the Christmas traditions in Greece - the patron saint of the holiday is Saint Nicolas, who is also the protector of sailors. Xmas shopping in Greece isn't just shopping. It's a festive experience. Christmas caroling is one of the most popular tradition, usually children go from house to house in the neighbourhood singing the carol and people give them the symbolic amount of money and treats.

There is availability to attend various events and festivities. In the country's major cities, such as Athens, Thessaloniki, Patra, Heraklion there are organized music concerts, theatrical performance and the other cultural events. The largest Christmas tree in Europe is lit in Syntagma Square in Athens.

The Christmas season in Greece begins on December 6 th, which is Saint Nicolas day, and ends on January 6 th, which is the Feast of the Epiphany (Theophania). Celebrations really pick-up from the 20 th of December, as Christmas day gets closer, and provide the perfect opportunity for everybody to escape from the stresses of everyday life.

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