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d_kakavouli

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I know that there are a lot of Greek traditions and some of it depends on where in Greece you or your family is from. I thought I would share mine, I want to hear yours!

** Singing Greek Christmas songs together and going out caroling
** Agios Vasselios - "Greek Santa Claus"
** Melamakarona (Can't wait! It's almost time to start making them!

What are yours?
 
Not exactly a local tradition, but in the past children in Greece used to sing carols, while holding a ship model. To be honest, I am not aware of the symbolism behind that...
 
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k_tsoukalas

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Not exactly a local tradition, but in the past children in Greece used to sing carols, while holding a ship model. To be honest, I am not aware of the symbolism behind that...

I have heard of this ship tradition and I am not sure about it either. I think it's called "Karakavi" and people decorate their boats with lights, and if they don't have a boat, they decorate models of boats. I am not clear on why - maybe it has something to do with the fishing traditions in Greece?

Also, my family actually has a tradition of making Baklava! But, I track down melamakarona from a local Greek bakery.
 

d_kakavouli

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Not exactly a local tradition, but in the past children in Greece used to sing carols, while holding a ship model. To be honest, I am not aware of the symbolism behind that...
Intriguing - I am going to ask about it in another thread. I have heard about it but don't know much...
 

Greek Wedding Traditions

I am going to be attending a wedding in Greece. What are some of the traditions I can expect? I saw online:

- Writing names of the bridal party on the bride's shoes (I am not in the bridal party)
- Decorating the bed for the bride and groom
- Or course, having the service in an orthodox church

I am sure I missed some!

How much money to give at a Greek wedding?

I am going to be attending a wedding in Greece and am trying to gather information.

Someone in another thread I started about Greek wedding traditions said that Greeks typically give money at a wedding.

Do you know how I would figure out how much to give? What's customary?

Thanks in advance!

Visiting People on Crete

While we are in Greece this year, we will be visiting some people that live on Crete.

They are very generous to us, and very nice people.

Basically we are there for a cruise stop this year, and they will be picking us up for dinner at their house.

We want to give them a gift. Any ideas? Is it appropriate to give a gift?

Traditional Greek Outfit for Girls

How do I buy one of those really cute Greek outfits for a young girl?

I have been asking around here where I live and have some leads, but I wondered if there was an easier way. Most of the leads I have involved getting it made by hand, and that is expensive.

Gift Idea for Adult Chrismation

I have a friend who is half Greek who is Chrismating into the Orthodox Faith in a few weeks.

I want to get her a gift.

Does anyone have any gift ideas?
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