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Quiz on Greek Christmas traditions Posted by on Dec 24, 2019 in Culture, Quizzes, Vocabulary

Γεια σας! Καλά Χριστούγεννα! How well do you know the Greek customs related to Christmas? Do this quiz to find out!

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#1. A few decades ago, the Greeks used to decorate:

a. a pine tree

b. a ship

c. an olive tree

d. a branch

Σωστή απάντηση

b. a ship
The Christmas tree was introduced by the Greeks who had immigrated to Western Europe and to Northern America.

 

#2. The Greek Santa Claus is:

a. Saint Basil (Άγιος Βασίλης)

b. Saint Nicholas (Άγιος Νικόλαος)

c. Saint Anthony (Άγιος Αντώνιος)

d. Saint George (Άγιος Γεωργιος)

Σωστή απάντηση

a. Άγιος Βασίλης

 

#3. The main dish is:

a. turkey (γαλοπούλα)

b. goat (κατσίκι)

c. fish (ψάρι)

d. pork (χοιρινό)

Σωστή απάντηση

d. pork
Turkey is a Western European dish. However, nowadays, many Greeks have turkey on Christmas.

 

#4. The most popular Christmas desserts are:

a. Christmas bread (Χριστόψωμο)

b. melomakarona and kourabiedes (μελομακάρονα και κουραμπιέδες)

c. Christmas pie (Χριστουγεννιάτικη πίτα)

d. chocolates (σοκολατάκια)

Σωστή απάντηση

b. μελομακάρονα και κουραμπιέδες (Christmas cookies).
If you chose “c”, Christmas pie does not exist.

 

#5. Some people hang on the front door of their house:

a. a bell

b. a star

c. a floral cross

d. a hoop decorated by fir needles and ornaments

Σωστή απάντηση

d. a hoop decorated by fir needles and ornaments (χριστουγεννιάτικο στεφάνι)

 

#6. In Northern Greece, people burn in their fireplace:

a. pine cones

b. oak nuts

c. an olive or pine tree branch

d. thirty olive pits

Σωστή απάντηση

c. an olive or pine tree branch. It must be on fire until the Epiphany (January 6). According to the tradition, as it keeps burning, it warms Jesus in the cold cave in Bethlehem)

 

#7. Greek Orthodox Christians fast in order to be spiritually prepared for Christmas. The beginning of the fast is:

a. On November 15

b. On November 25

c. One week before Christmas

d. Three days before Christmas

Σωστή απάντηση

a. On November 15.

 

#8.  If you see a  goblin (καλικάτζαρος) you must:

a. run

b. remain silent

c. say the Lord’s Prayer

d. cry because the goblins are afraid of tears.

Σωστή απάντηση

c. say the Lord’s Prayer (Πάτερ ημών).

 

#9. Christmas gift exchange

a. is a Greek tradition

b. is not a Greek tradition

Σωστή απάντηση

b. is not a Greek tradition

 

#10. Children who sing the Christmas carol play:

a. a drum

b. a flute

c. a pan flute

d. a triangle

 

 

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About the Author: Ourania

Ourania lives in Athens. She holds a degree in French Literature and a Master’s degree in Special Education for Children. Since 2008, she has been teaching Greek to foreigners.