KARAVAKI (Little Ship)

We finished our Christmas decoration at the hostel, but it’s not a normal decoration…

Today almost everyone buys and decorates a Christmas tree in Greece, whether it be real or artificial. But this tradition came in Greece after the 2nd world war.

In older times, in some other parts of Greece they would decorate little boats instead. The tradition with Karavaki goes back to hundred of years, when many Greeks were working as seamen.

During Christmas period, when they were returning to their homes after their long-travels at the sea, their wife’s used to celebrate by decorating small wooden boats. It was a way to say: “Welcome home”.

Also, in old times children on the islands sang Christmas carols holding illuminated model boats in their hands.

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