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Greek Wedding Customs - In Greece a couple becomes engaged by exchanging rings in the presence of family and friends. After the engagement there is always a feast. They consider this ceremony as binding as a wedding.
Weddings in Greece almost always take place on a Sunday.
On the Wednesday before the wedding they preform the ritual of "starting the leaven." Realatives are invited to come to the home and watch the flour being sieved by a boy and a girl. There is silence throughout the whole process until there is enough flour. Then the people watching throw coins into the sieve and yell out their wishes of good luck.
On Friday, the ceremony known as the "filling of the sacks" takes place. The brides mother places a cooper pan in a sack and the bride fills it and other sacks with all of her possesions while visitors throw coins in among her things.
While the "filling of the sacks" is going on, the groom sends pitchers of wine around the villsge to his friends and relatives with an invitation to the wedding feast. The bride's father does the same for his friends and relatives. The bride goes on Saturday with some of her friends to invite other girls in the village. She gives out sweets insted of wine.
The most important person man at a Greek wedding is not the groom or the priest, it's the koumbaros or sponsor. He is usually the groom's godfather or it can be another man nominated as a mark of great honor.
The wedding procession starts at the groom's house where a wedding flag is raised. Then the flag bearer leads the priest, the groom and his family over to the bride's house. The bride's mother offers the groom wine and herbs for his lapel. After he drinks the bride leaves for the church on the arm of a male relative and the rest of the party follows them on foot.
After the ceremony the bride goes to the groom's house where the flag is raised again. She then throws a piece of old iron onto the roof to symbolize the strength of her new home.
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