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Alexandria Institute’s Vasilopita cutting ceremony

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We are very happy to announce that on Sunday the 28th of January 2018, we had Alexandria Institute’s Vasilopita cutting ceremony in our offices in Nea Ionia. The Head of teaching, Andreas Tselikas welcomed all the associates, the students of Alexandria Institute, the friends and relatives and he wished them a Happy New Year!

It was a great pleasure that we met again and we had the chance to discuss and have fun; the hidden coin was found from lucky Miranda Tselika!

We wish 2018 to be an exceptional year for everybody and to meet again on January of 2019 for the Vasilopita!!


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New Year’ s Eve, Greek traditions.

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New Year' s Eve, Greek traditions.Santa Claus is an international folkloric figure that distributes gifts to children and adults, without any exception. It is a sovereign person of the celebration of New Year and Christmas.
For Orthodox Christians, the Santa Claus is Saint Basil the Great, who lived in Cappadocia and who devoted almost his entire life to helping his fellow man. He is considered as the initiator and first creator of organized philanthropy. According to tradition, St. Basil was lanky, with black eyes and beard. He died the 31st of December 378. On January 1st, 379, the day of his funeral, maintained the tradition that brings blessing and good luck in the New Year.
In the West, the face of Santa Claus has been identified with the history of St. Nicholas, famous for his generosity.


On the day the New Year’s Day, the day of St. Basil’s feast the host of the house cuts and splits a cake, called Vasilopita. Inside the cake there is a coin. Whoever finds the coin in his piece, will have good luck all year.


New Year' s Eve, Greek traditions.








New Year’s Eve carols

First of the month and first of the year
My tall rosemary
Let our good year begin
Church with the holy throne

It is the beginning when Christ
Holy and spiritual
Will walk on earth
And cheer us up

St. Basil is on his way
And will not deign on us
From Kesaria
You’re a Lady milady.


Greek Orthodox Christmas Carols

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Good evening to you noblemen
And if it is your wish
In praise here at your mansion,
Of Jesus’ birth I’ll sing.

Jesus Christ was born today
in town of Bethlehem
The skies above rejoicing
All nature satisfied.

T’was in a cave that he was born
And in a manger laid
The king of all the skies above
And maker of all things.

Angelic hosts are singing
All glory be to God
And holy be to shepherds
And to their faithfulness.

From Persia are arriving
Three magi with their gifts
The brightest star has led them there
No hour have they delayed.

Recipe for Kourampiedes

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In Greece, we use to bake for the Christmas a special traditional sweet, which is called kourampies (in the singular) or kourampiedes (in the plural).

Let’s try to bake them together this year!

Recipe for Kourampiedes

Ingredients :

  • 300 grammars concentrated butter
  • 120 grammars almonds
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch vanilla powder
  • 110 grammars powdered sugar+extra for dusting
  • 25 ml black rumor cognac
  • 600 grammars flour for all uses

Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and bake at 160 ° C (in a preheated oven) for eight or ten minutes, so they can take a beautiful gold-brown color. Then we leave them to be cool enough, and then we pound them in the mortar into chunks or we break by pressing them with a rolling pin between two baking sheets.

Beat in mixer with feather the butter with the powdered sugar on high speed for about 20 minutes. (The more you hit, the better the dough). Then gradually add the flour, baking powder and vanilla and continue beating at lower speed for 10 min. Finally, add the almonds and rum.

Shape round buns in diameter 3 cm. And push with your finger lightly on the top. We put on a cookie sheet, on a baking sheet, and bake in a preheated oven at 170 ° C for 20-30 minutes, depending on their size.

Remove from the oven, leave them to cool thoroughly and pour into a pan full of powdered sugar. We rotate them in the sugar well and transfer them to a serving dish, where they are served as a pyramid, sprinkling each series we put on extra sugar.

You can also watch the video of the recipe.