Greek traditions. Many of the Greek customs and traditions have their roots either in the Greek Christian Ο rthodox religion or in ancient Greece. . Name day celebration.
Many of the Greek customs and traditions have their roots either in the Greek Christian Οrthodox religion or in ancient Greece.
While similar to some cultures, there are a number of differences in Greek wedding traditions. What are some of the more popular Greek wedding traditions?
Dowry. Although the idea of a dowry may seem obsolete to some people, it is still a Greek tradition. The mother of the bride usually spends years collecting a variety of things from hand made embroideries, sheets. towels and other household items for her daughter’s marriage. The dowry enables the bride to set up housekeeping. The father of the bride offers a furnished home to his daughter and son-in-law as a wedding gift. Today, in Athens and other big cities, the bride doesn’t have a dowry anymore.
Crowns. During the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom are adorned with crowns (stephana) that are connected by a single strand of ribbon. This signifies the union of the couple as well as indicates the pair’s “rule” over their household. During the wedding ceremony, the best men and best woman (koumbaros and koumbara) give the wedding rings to the priest and cross the crowns (stephana) over each other three times and then place them on the couple’s heads. During the Isaiah dance (once the priest has declared them married), the guests throw rice and almond candy wrapped with tough white sugar (takoufeta) to the new couple.
Gifts. Giving newlyweds gifts during the reception is a common occurrence in most cultures. Greek traditions also allow for something slightly different. A person attending a Greek wedding reception should not be surprised to see guests pinning items such as money to the bride’s gown.
Exchanging the Stephana
Mpomponiera with almond candies
Greek death related traditions have their roots in customs practiced in ancient Greece. Women in Greece have historically functioned as the keepers of the home, family, birth, and death.
Children sing carols (kalanda) from house to house
Boat vs tree
The pothariko custom. Many people pay particular mind to the good/bad omen regarding who will first enter their home in the new year ( pothariko). On New Year's Eve they will ask a close friend or relative, whom they consider lucky, to be the first to come into their house the following day. Often, a child is preferred for this special practice because children are considered innocent and their hearts free of malice and envy.
In Greece, Carnival is called “Apokries”; it consists of two weeks of feast,
beginning from the Sunday of Meat Fare and ends with the start of Lent, called
“Clean Monday” (KathariDeutera). Everyone is costumed and parties in the
streets and bars, throwing coloured confetti to each other. The most famous
Carnival parade takes place in the city of Patra, where everybody dances and
drinks all night and day.
This custom is believed to come from paganism, and more precisely from the old
festivities worshiping Dionysus, the god of wine and feast.
the students’ rise against the Junta
On March 25, 1821 the bishop Germanos of Patras raised the Greek flag at the Monastery of Agia Lavra in Peloponnese and one more revolution started against the Turks.
28th October 1940