Which of these symbolic objects is traditionally hung on one's door on New Year's Day in Greece?
For many people in the world, New Year’s is looked at as a time that brings about a feeling of renewal, and the same is true in Greece.
This is also looked at as a time that can bring luck, and many view the activities that occur on New Year’s to be an important part of securing a prosperous New Year.
That’s why many people in Greece spend their time making sure that their year starts off right. They engage in certain rituals and activities that are designed to bring luck. Hanging onions on the door in the household is one of these activities.
The species of onion historically used, grew in wild abundance on the isle of Crete. Though not widely appreciated, the plant was believed to have mystical powers of regeneration because of its ability to regrow.
For pagans, these magical powers were a gift from the god Pan, patron of nature and the wild; offering the squill bulbs to him were a means of asking for his favor.
The onion has been historically representative of growth and rebirth. The reason for this is simple, onions are viewed as highly fertile because the bulbs seem to want to sprout, even if they are being left alone. When an onion is left too long without being used, it seems to want to put down roots and grow once again.
According to Greeks, this is the ultimate symbol of fertility and this is why the onion is always hung on a door in the household; to help the people in the household grow and experience a rebirth of their own in the coming year.