THE BREAKING OF POMEGRANATE by the pupils of Year 5 (E2).
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THE BREAKING OF POMEGRANATEby the pupils of Year 5 (E2)
On New Year’s Day the family go to church and the landlord has a pomegranate for the priest to bless. When they come back home, the landlord enters the house stepping on his right foot first, breaks the pomegranate, throws it down so that the seeds go everywhere and says:
“A happy, healthy, joyful New Year and as many seeds has the pomegranate so much money shall we have all year round.”
YULE LOG OF MACEDONIAby the pupils of Year 5 (E2)
On Christmas Eve, in the villagesof Northern Greece, the landlord used to look for a beautiful, huge log of a pine or olive tree and dragged it home. This was called Christ’s log (Yule log) and it would burn at the fireplace during the twelve days of Christmas.
On Christmas Eve night all family gathered around the fireplace , the landlord would light the new fire and put Christ’s log.
Landlords tried that this log would burn at every house till Epiphany. Its ash was kept because it was considered to protect the house and fields from every evil.