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Greeks are not particularly religious people, but they always adhere to national traditions and customs when it comes to big holidays and weddings. In Greece, great importance is attached to various signs, regardless of whether they are good signs or not.
One of such signs can be attributed to the invitation of guests. For example, if guests are not going to stay overnight, they should not brush their hair or cut their nails, and the first guest on the first day of the new year is also important. As a result, it is customary to invite the most benevolent and positive people in the first place.
Also, many others will take from the evil eye, attracting good 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 it’s okay that not all families keep these customs. The Church is quite calm about the personal life of the Greeks and their beliefs.
The most beautiful of all traditions remains an unchanged tradition for every Greek family: for the baptism of a child, godparents must give the baby a gold cross on a gold chain and a full set of clothes, otherwise the child will always lack clothes, and he will go unevenly through life. Christenings are 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 not baptized, he is called a "child". The process of baptism itself is the same as that of all Christians, and further celebration is transferred to the house, where all guests will find a large table full of various national dishes and, of course, there is music.
Almost all children in Greece are given the names of saints, and when the name day of this saint comes, the name day of the child is also celebrated. The closest relatives and friends gather for this holiday. Everyone gives the child gifts, small souvenirs, and the owners of the house offer their guests light snacks and sweets.
For the Greeks, a wedding is another grandiose event, before which the obligatory betrothal ceremony of young people takes place. A young man comes to the house of the girl's parents and asks her father's hand for her. If the father gives his consent, then the parents of both young people get together and agree on the time of the betrothal of the children.
On the appointed day, a priest is invited to consecrate the betrothal ceremony, and the young exchange rings, which the priest himself puts on their hands. However, not a single Greece can do without a wedding, although after the betrothal young people can already be considered husband and wife.
There are several wedding ceremonies in Greece, and they are different for different areas and also depend on where the wedding is taking place: in the city or in the countryside. Usually, while young people put on their wedding dresses, they sing songs praising the dignity of both young people under their windows. The groom must give the bride a large bouquet of wedding flowers.
Witnesses of the newlyweds dress up in special outfits in which they will have to guard the newlyweds throughout the wedding ceremony. The witnesses also keep wedding rings, which are then given to the priest, they baptize the crowns three times and lower these crowns on the heads of the young.
After the wedding ceremony, everyone is invited to the wedding celebration, which is always attended by a large number of people. At these evenings there are always a lot of dancing and singing songs dedicated to love and family happiness, various competitions are also held and there is even a very interesting dance called the "dance of money". During this dance, guests attach money to the clothes of the young so that their life is always prosperous.
Also, according to some traditions, it is customary to prepare a marriage bed for young people, along which small children must necessarily run, so that the family has a quick replenishment and everything in the family is always abundant.
In Greece, the tradition is still preserved when parents themselves look for a husband for their daughter, believing that only they can find the most worthy couple with whom their daughter will be happy. Having found a suitable young man, the girl's parents invite the young man to their home, where the young people meet.
The first few meetings can take place in the parents' house, this is due to the fact that it was the parents who facilitated 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 mind if they want to try to live together without entering into an official marriage.
Of course, the girl will not be forced to marry the man whom they found and after the first two unsuccessful acquaintances, they will give the girl complete freedom of choice. However, sometimes parenting attempts are successful and young people marry.
Greeks live in large families, newlyweds can stay in their parents' house and live like this for many years. True, modern youth is still trying to fly out of the parent's nest and equip their own homes.
Family relations are very deep, children are constantly visiting their parents, they often gather for holidays, and the parents themselves, as far as possible, try to help their children in everything. A man in a Greek family is the main one, a woman should honor and respect her husband, but not grovel, as is customary in Muslim families.
The rights of both spouses are practically equal, except for those that concern only women: the entire household rests on the shoulders of the woman. Men, of course, can help a woman when too much work is piled on her.
Both spouses take part in raising children, but if this 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 relieves his wife. Walks, evening reading, entertainment - the father does everything to keep his son satisfied and happy.