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cubrinj

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I am helping someone plan her Greek wedding. I wanted to make a list of all the traditions we need to keep in time for the big day. Did I miss anything?

The Stolisma

The wedding day begins with the ritual of 'Stolisma,' where the bride and groom are prepared separately by their families. It's a moment filled with emotion, songs, and blessings, setting the tone for the day. I had honestly never heard of this. Do people still do it?

The Krevati

An amusing tradition is the 'Krevati' (bed making), where family and friends gather to decorate the couple's future bed with baby items, symbolizing fertility and a happy family life. Money is also often thrown on the bed for good luck and prosperity.

The Crowning (Stefana)

One of the most iconic rituals during the ceremony is the exchange of crowns or 'Stefana.' I believe they need to buy the crowns they want in advance?

Koufeta

No Greek wedding would be complete without 'Koufeta'—sugar-coated almonds given to guests as wedding favors. These bittersweet treats represent the ups and downs of married life and are shared in odd numbers to symbolize indivisibility and shared life.
 
I had never heard of the Stolisma. Well, I've been part of the lively preparations but I didn't know that it had a name.

Most of the Greek weddings I've been in - we've all gotten ready together. For the non-Greek weddings I pretty much showed up dressed and jumped in the limo. Totally different vibe.
 
It's not called stolisma. Stolisma just means "decorations" and it's when the family just decorates the house before the wedding. That said, you are right about what you're describing, but the word is wrong.

As for whether it is still done, it's still done at every Greek wedding (in Greece). To be more specific, the bride's friends dress the bride (put in her dress, jewelry, and shoes), and someone special to the groom shaves him.. while the bride's shoes are being put on, the bride's friends yell "it doesn't fit" and the bride's father is supposed to bring over money to make the shoes more snug. The bride's friends will often yell that the shoes don't fit multiple times, and each time the dad will have to come over and put money in the shoes. This is also the time when the bride will write all of her friends' names under her shoe. It's a shame tbus isn't done much in the USA anymore - Greek Americans have lost many of the traditions.

Your deacription koufeta is very old school. This is the way it used to be 50 years ago, but now people use many things. I think sugar coated almonds are probably my least favorite. Check out this website and look at all the different options. These newer options are much softer and you don't have to work about breaking your teeth. https://www.skroutz.gr/c/2688/koufeta.html
 

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!

What is kefi exactly?

I have always found the concept of kefi to be intriguing, and I would like to learn more about it from those familiar or even vaguely aware of this notion. From what little I understand, kefi seems to embody a unique blend of joy, spirit, and passion, deeply ingrained in Greek culture. It's more than just a word; it's a lifestyle, a form of expression, an unbridled enthusiasm for life.

However, I'm curious to know about the deeper nuances and applications of kefi. How does kefi manifest in day-to-day life, not just in Greece, but wherever one might find joy and enthusiasm? Is it something that can be consciously cultivated, or does it spontaneously bloom in moments of happiness and high spirits? It seems like it really permeates the culture, especially in Greece.

Summer Festivals in Greece?

With the warm weather approaching, I've been eager to explore more light and refreshing dishes. I'm particularly interested in Greek cuisine, which I know has a lot of great options perfect for sunny days.

Could anyone share their favorite Greek dishes to enjoy when the weather is warm? I'm looking for suggestions that are both delicious and easy to prepare. Any recipes or tips on where to find authentic ingredients would be greatly appreciated too!

Appropriate clothing for Holy Week services?

I was going to wear a floral dress to the service on Good Friday - I pretty much always do - and someone made a comment that they didn't think it's appropriate because it is a service of mourning.

You know, I guess that makes sense - but I haven't that much of it. What are your thoughts on it? I ended up choosing an outfit that looked a little more somber.

I am curious about the best things to wear through Holy Week! I am assuming the really spring-like colors are best on Pascha?

Greek Naming Traditions?

I have noticed that in Greece, there are some traditions associated with naming their children. Although some Greek families in the United States have done this, many have seemed to lose the traditions.

Does anyone know what some of these traditions are? I am helping a friend name his upcoming child... Here's some of what I have learned:

1. Firstborn daughter names after maternal grandmother
2. Firstborn son named after paternal grandfather
3. Firstborn son named after father

Those are the ones I have figured out. I don't know what is traditional from Greece and what has just been made up amongst Greeks in the US.
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