Epiphany, Theofany, Festival of Lights (one and the same)
By Sofia, Jan 8 2019 07:44PM
Observing the Julian calendar the Festival of Lights as well as the visitation of the Three Kings; one of whom has been adopted as Father Christmas in Western Christianity - is held on 6 January.
There is much attendance of religious sermons. In ways of customs, a plain sponge (βασιλόπιτα) cake is baked which contains within it small presents, usually in the form of coins. The cake is then divided into sections, as many as there are members in the household, not even missing out baby Jesus!
As in many other East Mediterranean cultures, in Greece a pomegranate is significant as a sign of luck and prosperity. There are differing rituals around the New Year and one, shared by other cultures in the Mediterranean, is the smashing of a pomegranate on the threshold of the household (καλό ποδαρικό), or the hanging of one above the entrance to the household.