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In Greece we have this greeting Καλό μήνα [kalό mίna], which means "Good month", but roughly translated its' meaning is something like "I wish you to have a great moth". It is something we say to each other on every first of the month (or, if supposedly first was, like today in the weekend, we say it when we see each other on Monday).
It is, I found, something specific for Greek culture. Imagine my shock, when I found out in other languages people don't say Καλό μήνα. This was when I first started studying foreign languages in high school and I found it very strange. Now I realize that our tradition is more like the strange one. Of course, in other cultures other unique things were born.
I find that it is very interesting and positive way to express your warm feelings and give a blessing. In the verbal tradition there are many ways to give a blessing in everyday expressions without ever realizing it. For example, in English we say "Bless you!" when someone sneezes; in Greek we have a lot of these, but a very positive and appropriate for today (1st August), I think is Καλό μήνα.
In this expression I see the positive attitude to my people towards the others. It is like we are looking for a reason to verbally express our good will towards the rest, to show them with no doubt that we care for them and would like them to have a good month. We also wish Καλή εβδομάδα ["Happy new week"] - no irony, no joke. It is like we like the things around us to be καλά - good. I think that all these wishes and greetings might be connected with older times when people truly believed in the power of words to create good. We, on the other hand, are too cynic most of the time to admit something like this, but in the end I think that there is some magic in it.So, Καλό σας μήνα - I wish you all a great month!