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I have been encouraging my family and friends to let me know when their name days are. I know for my immediate family, of course, but I want to start honoring name days in addition to birthdays like they do in Greece.

But aside from wishing someone Chronia Polla, or happy name day, what else can we do? How do people in Greece celebrate? Is it much like a birthday?
From what I can tell, it is much like a birthday. People in Greece socialize for it - I see a lot of people going out to eat.

I am trying to train my family, too. One of my relatives barely knew when her name day was! I think it's a neat concept, to celebrate the saint you're named after.

Advice for learning traditional dances for a Greek wedding?

I'm attending a Greek wedding soon, and I really want to join in on the traditional dancing! I've heard Greek dances like the Kalamatianos and Tsifteteli are integral parts of the celebration, and I don't want to feel out of place. I never really learned how to dance from my Americanized Greek family!

Does anyone have tips on the best way to learn these dances? Are there any specific online tutorials, classes, or YouTube channels you’d recommend? Also, what should I keep in mind in terms of dance etiquette at the wedding? Thanks so much!

Kalley Mera, Kalllo Mina!!💖❤️

Kalley Mera Kalllo Mina from Thailand to all here!💖❤️

How to choose godparents?

I'm currently planning a baptism for a child in the Greek Orthodox Church and finding myself at a bit of a crossroads. One of the most significant decisions we're facing is choosing the right godparents. I understand that in our tradition, the role of a godparent is not only a great honor but also carries profound spiritual and moral responsibilities. They are to guide the child in the Orthodox faith, ensuring they grow in the church and its teachings.

How do you choose? I have a few candidates and am trying to narrow it down.

How do I learn traditional Greek dance?

I've recently developed an interest in traditional Greek dance and would love some advice on how to get started. I've seen videos of dances like the Syrtaki and Kalamatianos, and they look both fun and challenging. I'm not sure where to begin, though.

Does anyone have recommendations for learning resources, such as books, online tutorials, or instructional DVDs? Are there particular dances that are best for beginners? Additionally, I'm curious if there are any local dance groups or cultural organizations that might offer classes or workshops. I'm especially interested in experiencing the community aspect of Greek dance, so any advice on finding dance events or festivals would be greatly appreciated.

Greek Wedding Traditions in Greece

I am helping someone plan a traditional Greek wedding. I'm not entirely sure where to start and would appreciate any advice or insights from those who have experience with Greek weddings.

What are some must-have traditions or customs that I should consider? I’ve heard about the Stefana (wedding crowns) and the Koufeta (sugar-coated almonds), but I’d love to know more about their significance and any other meaningful rituals. How do these traditions typically unfold during the ceremony and reception?

Additionally, any tips on how to blend these Greek elements with a more modern wedding style would be incredibly helpful. I want to create a beautiful fusion that respects tradition while still feeling contemporary.

Thank you in advance for your help and suggestions!
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