Kalanta of the New Year


This lists any discs, concerts or collections where this piece is included.




This piece is sung in both Greek and English. The text provided here is part translation from the Greek, part English text as sung, and part of the Greek. This is what we printed in our concert program:

It is the beginning of the month,

the beginning of the year;

my fine incense from the trees

burns at the Bishops’ Throne in the church.

It is the dawning of the year in own town,

And all the children in the street gather ’round.

Listen to the noise.

We wish you all the joys

Of a long life with the singing of our blessing.

St. Basil is coming

And he doesn’t even notice us.

That is because he is coming from Caesaria

To see you, my noble lady.

He is walking with a young man

Who holds the icon of Christ the Savior

And paper and a quill pen in his hand.

It is the dawning of the year.

All the children in the street

sing a blessing on Saint Basil’s Day.

We wish you many, many years of joy

with our blessing.

Hronia pol’la! Yeiasas! Na’saste ka’la!

Na ta’kato’steesees!

Many Years! To your health! May you be well!

May you live to be a hundred!