Just like everywhere else, New Year’s Eve in Greece is a time to celebrate. The precious festival is said to bring fortunes and happiness for everyone. While everyone wants the notion to be true, in the traditions Greeks go a step ahead and smash the pomegranate.
Greek Tradition on New Year’s Eve
It’s an ancient Greek tradition. The pomegranate is said to bring prosperity, regeneration, and fertility to the household. Many Greek households hang the pomegranate on their entrance doors in the days preceding the New Year’s Eve. Before the clock strikes 12 on the New Year night, the family turns the lights off, leave their home and then re-enter at midnight. Only this time they set the right foot in first and smash the pomegranate on the door for good luck. The more seeds that scatter the more luck they have!
That said, the rest is pretty much the same with the merry drinking, singing, dancing, countdowns, and concerts. How could we forget the fireworks and hearty feasts!
It may not be much different from the New York celebrations back home, but hey it comes with a chance to explore the gorgeous islands of Greece in winters! The city of Athens goes big on the celebrations with fun ceremonies, New Years Eve concerts, and of course the fireworks. The densely packed city leaves little or no place for on-street celebrations and the hotels worked their geniuses to come up with an alternative – they offer rooftop bars and restaurants with the perfect views of the city and its celebrations! You can have it all on the rooftop, just make sure you find the right hotel.
There are a number of hotels in Athens that offer great accommodation and celebrations for New Year’s Eve. Make sure you book your accommodation in advance, before the reservations run out. If you’re looking for a celebration that is quieter and more intimate than a full-blown New Year’s Eve in the city. Visit some of the larger Greek Islands like Zakynthos or Lefkada, see our blog on Explore Zakynthos. Yacht chartering in the Greek Islands is restricted to the summer months, from May to October. Castles and Archeological sites are all open though, in the winter months. Away from the maddening crowds, the towns and villages decorate their Christmas trees and streets with lights. Some of the municipalities organize street shows and music concerts.
Two thirds of Greece is mountains and forests and they are beautiful in the winter months, when they are covered in snow. There are several ski resorts for those who love skiing. But even if skiing is not for you, the villages way up in the mountains are a fantastically welcoming places to visit.
Here at Deep Blue Yachting, we wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year. I will be happy to answer any questions, or comments that you may have. So please feel free to leave them. See our special offer, you may be surprised at just how reasonable our prices are. Book a yacht charter holiday with us and see the, must see wonders of the Ionian Islands, or the magic of Ithaca.