Greece calendar – 2012/Greece Public Holidays 2012
Feast of St Basil – it is sort of the celebration of the New Year. The trend is based upon an old custom. There is cake and people are to cut the cake. A coin is hidden in that particular cake. One who finds the cake is considered the lucky one. It is believed that he will have the good upcoming year. It is commonly known as Πρωτοχρονιά and will be held on Sunday 1st January 2012.
Epiphany – it is a religious event and it is also enjoyed in a special way. People throw the cross in the water. Swimmers swim in that particular lake or river. The task is to bring back the cross. One who is successful in doing so is considered the lucky mate. It is called Θεοφάνεια and will be celebrated on Friday 6 January 2012.
Easter – the celebrations start in April and last for many days. On Good Friday the inhabitants of different areas take candles and lights in their hands and march to follow the gathering the Epitaph this day is called Μεγάλη Παρασκευή. On Saturday different functions are held people go to churches for prayers and remind the Jesus. Chain of candles is lit. the traditional Easter eggs and Magaritsa soup are prepared on this occasion. The day is known as Κυριακή του Πάσχα. On Easter Sunday people especially visit the church for the prayer purpose. They pray and roast the lambs. Different foods are prepared. This occasion lasts for three days and will be observed on different weekends. It is a moveable event and depends upon the number of weeks.
EUROPEAN MUSIC DAY – Athens is famous for its history and there are many customs and traditions of this particular city. It exhibits a great culture and custom. European music day is celebrated in the summer. It is celebrated on Thursday 21st June 2012.
Ohi day – this day is celebrated throughout the Greece. The reason is the rejection of the ultimatum given by a dictator. An Italian dictator Benito Mussolini gave an ultimatum to Greeks but they denied that and remained focused the day is called ‘To Ochi’ or ‘Imera tou Ochi”. This day is celebrated on Sunday 28 october.
Christmas – this is the last festival of the whole calendar year. It is the famous festival having strong roots in the history of Christianity. It is believed that Jesus Christ was born on this day, as Greece is a historic state so special ceremonies will be held on Tuesday 25 December 2012.
Christmas is followed by the boing day and beside this there are number of events like Assumption or Dormition of the Holy Virgin, Annunciation, Glorifying Mother of God and The Three Holy Hierarchs.