The Greeks commemorate
Year's Day as the anniversary of St..
even though his feastday is June 14th. Both
(St. Basil's Day) and
Eve (St. Basil's Eve) are marked with special ceremonies honoring
the most important
saint in the Eastern Rite.
St. Basil was one of the four great doctors or theologians of the Eastern
Church. St. Basil is also Greece's most popular
saint and is also honored as the protector of the orphans, widows, and
poverty stricken young girls.
Basil loved children and always
assisted the sick and the homeless. He was the first bishop to establish
orphanages and hospitals and old age homes. He first directed the attention
of the Church to these unfortunate victims of society.
According to tradition, Saint Basil would stick a gold gold coins inside of
bread, throw the bread though the window of these poverty stricken young
girls so that they could have a dowry and could be married. This tradition
has resulted in the baking of vaslopita (Saint Basil's Bread) for this