Vasilopita is a New Year’s Cake, which can be either a cake or, as is tradition where I come from, a meat pie (Kreatopita or Kotopita).
A coin is discreetly placed in the pie, and, as per an old Byzantine custom,⠀
we slice the Vasilopita. The person who finds the coin hidden in his or her slice gets good luck for the year.⠀
On New Year’s Day, we would decorate the table and my father would sit in the middle. It was his job to turn the pie three times: once for the Virgin Mary, once for Christ and once for the house.
Following this, he slices a piece for everyone in the family, starting with the eldest. We would all then stab our piece to find the coin before devouring the amazing pie that Mum had made.