Chris Vlahonasios is a law graduate from Victoria University and Orthodox media writer for TRANSFIGURE Media.
As St Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors and the Greek navy – as well as students, merchants, pawnbrokers, and children – an old custom which originated from the Greek islands is the Karavaki, little boats.
From 6th December (the saint’s feastday) onwards, families decorate small model boats/ships with lights (traditional candles or oil lamp), ribbons and other trinkets. Usually placed in the front entry of the home or main living area, the karavaki stay on display until Epiphany (6th Jan).
To wish the household a prosperous year ahead, coins or gold objects are also placed in the boat’s hull.
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