The Greeks are not particularly religious people, but they always follow national traditions, customs, when it comes to big holidays and weddings. Great importance in Greece is attached to various signs, whether good or not.
One of such signs can be attributed to the invitation guests. For example, if guests are not going to stay overnight, they should not comb their hair or cut their nails, and also the first guest on the first day of the new year is important. As a consequence, it is customary to invite in the first place the most benevolent and positive people.
Also many others will accept from the evil eye, attraction of luck to the family and to the health of children. Basically, all the traditions and customs of the Greek family are of a religious nature, but nothing terrible will not be that not all families keep these customs. The Church is completely calm about the personal life of the Greeks and their beliefs.
An unchanging tradition for every Greek family remains the most beautiful of all traditions: for the baptism of the child the godparents must necessarily give the child a gold cross on a gold chain and a complete set of clothes, otherwise the child will always miss the clothes, and in life he will go unevenly. The christening is generally considered the main event in the life of every Greek.
Baptism usually takes place after the first year of life and until the moment when his Greek is baptized, he is called a “child”. The very process of baptism is the same as that of all Christians, and further celebrations are carried to the house, where all guests are expected a large table full of different national dishes and, of course, there is music.
Almost all the children in Greece are given the names of saints and when the saints come in the name of that saint, the baby’s name-day is also celebrated. The closest relatives and friends gather for this holiday. All give the child gifts, small souvenirs, and the owners of the house offer guests light snacks and sweets.
The wedding for the Greeks is another grandiose event, before which the obligatory rite of betrothal of young people takes place. A young man comes to the house of the girl’s parents and asks her for her father’s hands. If the father gives his consent, then the parents of both young people meet and agree on the time of the betrothal of the children.
On the appointed day, a priest is invited, who consecrates the ceremony of betrothal, and young people exchange rings, which the priest himself puts on his hands. However, even without a wedding, no one Greece does not manage, although after the betrothal, young people can already be considered a husband and wife.
In Greece, there are several wedding ceremonies, and they are different for different areas and also depend on where the wedding takes place: in the city or in the village. Usually, while young people wear their wedding dresses, songs singing praises the virtues of both young people are singing under their windows. The groom must give a bride a large bouquet of wedding flowers.
Witnesses young dress up in special outfits in which they will have to guard the newlyweds throughout the wedding ceremony. Witnesses also store engagement rings, which are then handed to the priest, three times crosses the crowns and lower these crowns to the young heads.
After the wedding ceremony, everyone is invited to a wedding celebration, which is always attended by a large number of people. These evenings always dance a lot and sing songs dedicated to love and family happiness, there are also various contests and there is even a very interesting dance called “dance of money”. During this dance, guests attach money to the young people’s clothes so that their life is always safe.
Also, according to some traditions, it is customary to prepare a marriage bed for young people, according to which young children need to run, so that the family has a quick replenishment and everything in the family was always in abundance.
In Greece there is still a tradition when parents look for their own husband for their daughter, believing that only they can find the most worthy couple with whom the daughter will be happy. Finding a suitable young man, the girl’s parents invite a young man to their house, where young people meet.
The first few meetings can take place in the parents’ home, this is due to the fact that it was the parents who contributed to the meeting and acquaintance of the young. However, parents in Greece are absolutely calm about the fact that young people will meet and will not even be against if they want to try to live together without entering into an official marriage.
Of course, a girl will not be forced to marry a man she was found and after the first two unsuccessful acquaintances, give the girl complete freedom of choice. However, sometimes parents’ attempts are successful, and young people marry.
The Greeks live in large families, the newlyweds can stay in the parental home and live for so many years. True, the modern youth is trying to fly out of the parent’s nest and equip their own dwelling.
The relationship is very deep, children are always visiting their parents, often going on holidays, and the parents themselves try to help their children in every way possible. The man in the Greek family is the main thing, the woman should honor and respect her husband, but do not cringe, as is customary in Muslim families.
The rights of both spouses are almost equal, except for those that concern only women: the whole household is on the shoulders of a woman. Men, of course, can help a woman when too much work is put on her.
In the upbringing of children, both spouses participate, but if it is a boy, then the father spends much more time with him than the mother. The father tries to raise a real man in a boy, he takes on all the responsibilities associated with raising a baby and unloads his wife. Walking, evening reading, entertainment – the father does everything to keep his son happy, happy and happy.