The Cretan Association of Sydney and NSW held its annual Agiasmo and Cutting of the Vasilopita event at Ashbury Senior Citizen’s Centre on Friday, February 4.
Due to COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, the event was the first time the members and dancing groups of the Cretan Association were able to gather together in eight months. Over 80 people were present on the night.
President of the Association, Terry Saviolakis, welcomed the members and dancing groups present on behalf of the Executive Committee, and expressed his joy in seeing everyone again.
“We hope that 2022 is a much better and more positive year for our dancing groups, our Association and of course Australia, Greece and the whole world with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Saviolakis said.
After this, Father Nicholas Bozikis conducted the traditional Agiasmo service and delivered the paternal blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia.
“I hope that 2022 is a peaceful and blessed year for all the members, families and youth of the Cretan Association,” Father Bozikis said in a speech.
“Children, I wish that you all progress with your lessons and receive blessings from above as you start your new year. I would like to congratulate all those who participate in the Cretan Association. May God send peace, love and blessings to you all.”
The event was concluded with the traditional cutting of the Vasilopita. The cake was distributed amongst the members and youth present. Mr Stelio Vamianakis, was blessed to win the lucky coin.