January 12, 2013 · 7:00 PM
Geia Sas Paidia,
We will gathering at my house in the New Year 2013 to cut the Vasilopita. It is time to take time out of our busy schedules to spend time with the parea.
Vasilopita (Greek: Βασιλόπιτα, Vasilópita, lit. '(St.) Basil-pie', see below) is a New Year's Day bread or cake in Greece and many other areas in eastern Europe and the Balkans which contains a hidden coin or trinket which gives good luck to the receiver. It is made of a variety of doughs, depending on regional and family tradition, including tsoureki.
On New Year's Day families cut the vasilopita to bless the house and bring good luck for the new year. This is usually done at the midnight of New Year's Eve. A coin is hidden in the bread by slipping it into the dough before baking. At midnight the sign of the cross is etched with a knife across the cake. A piece of cake is sliced for each member of the family and any visitors present at the time, by order of age from eldest to youngest. Slices are also cut for various symbolic people or groups, depending on local and family tradition. They may include the Lord, St. Basil and other saints, the poor, the household, or the Kallikantzaroi. In older times, the coin often was a valuable one, such as a gold sovereign. Nowadays there is often a prearranged gift, money, or otherwise, to be given to the coin recipient.
This is a potluck style dinner so when you RSVP please state what your are bringing. This will be an extra special gathering because we want to celebrate our five years as a meetup. You can bring friends and family if you like. So bring your good cheer, favorite dish and get ready to kick off the New Year with us all as we gather to cut the Vasilopita which will be made by Georgia, one of the Assistant Organizers.
We look forward to seeking you all. Xronia Polla se olous. Na eisaste oloi kala. Below is a link that explains the tradition of cutting the Vasilopita. Good Luck, let's see who will be the lucky person to get the coin.