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  1. Vasilopita
    This age old tradition commenced in the fourth century, when Saint Basil the Great, who was a bishop, wanted to distribute money to the poor in his Diocese. He wanted to preserve their dignity, so as not to look like charity, he commissioned some women to bake sweetened bread, in which he arranged to place gold coins. Thus the families in cutting the bread to nourish themselves, were pleasantly surprised to find the coins.
  2. Lee
    When the observance begins, usually on New Years Day, the bread is traditionally cut by the senior member of the family, and the individual who receives the portion of the Pita which contains the coin is considered Blessed for the New Year.
  3. Ann
    For a few years we have had a Saint Basil's celebrations at our home, where we have 50 to 75 guests. Every year I make Vasilopita cupcakes and put a coin in every 12 cupcakes. Our Priest blesses them. It is great tradition and everyone wants to get the coin. It is a wonderful day to honor Saint Basil. We also have the observance at our Church. Thank you for such a lovely coin and presentation.

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