TO welcome 2018, bakers in the Greek(希臘的) capital Athens (雅典) created a traditional New Year cake that weighed 2.5 tons and then passed pieces out to residents and tourists.
Panagiotis Sachinidis, the president of the Association of Athens’ Bakers, said that the New Year vassilopita cake was 70 metres long and 3m wide. Sachinidis started the effort and got 40 bakers to make the cake. It took them three days to make such a giant cake, which broke the association’s previous record in 2015 for a vassilopita weighing 350 kilograms.
On 30 December, 2017, the giant New Year cake was cut into 15,000 pieces in Peristeri (佩裏斯特里), a suburb in Athens, and passed out to any nearby residents and tourists. Following Greek traditions, 200 lucky coins were hidden in the gigantic cake. Greeks believe that anyone who finds a coin in the vassilopita will have blessings for the rest of the year.
(This article is published on Goodies on 10 January 2018)