Basil of Caesarea, also called Saint Basil the Great was born in 330 in Caesarea, Cappadocia. He was a theologian and from a young age developed a great charity.
He introduced the distribution of food, clothing, money and all kinds of assistance to poor families. At the same time, he founded near Caesarea a whole city of charities, nursing homes, hospitals, hotels and orphanages, named “Basileiad” in his honor.
His writing was also great. He preached the Greek Christian education, which was based on the Apostle Paul and Platon. While he was still living, he was called “Great”, both for his faith and for his generosity.
Seriously ill, Basil died at the age of 48 on December 31, 378. The New Year’s celebration of his memory was passed down from generation to generation throughout Orthodox Hellenism. His charitable work inspired acts of solidarity and solidarity in all over the world.
Saint Basil the Great in the world:
• English: “Santa Claus” or “Father Christmas”,
• French: Per Noel,
• Netherlands: Sinter-Klas,
• German: Weinachsmann,
• Chinese: “Lam-kung-kung” (= “The Good Old Father”),
• Japanese: “Chateau”,
• Italian: “Babbo Natale”
• Russian “Saint of Ice”