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kcixcy

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I've never really been to a Greek baptism or a Greek wedding reception. I've heard a lot about the baptism itself and I'm aware of what happens at the ceremony (my friend is the godmother of the child), but I don't know much about the reception... what should I expect? And how should I dress? Do they tend to be formal or casual? The baptism reception that I am attending is being held in a banquet hall.
 

francescool

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I've never really been to a Greek baptism or a Greek wedding reception. I've heard a lot about the baptism itself and I'm aware of what happens at the ceremony (my friend is the godmother of the child), but I don't know much about the reception... what should I expect? And how should I dress? Do they tend to be formal or casual? The baptism reception that I am attending is being held in a banquet hall.
It pretty much consists of dinner and dancing...thats about it ahaha
 

Dionasia

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I've never really been to a Greek baptism or a Greek wedding reception. I've heard a lot about the baptism itself and I'm aware of what happens at the ceremony (my friend is the godmother of the child), but I don't know much about the reception... what should I expect? And how should I dress? Do they tend to be formal or casual? The baptism reception that I am attending is being held in a banquet hall.
We do dress up for church and the reception follows the ceremony so you will be dressed up. The celebration is like a shower. You naturally eat a meal, bring gifts, and ooh and ahh at the baby. Enjoy....
 

francescool

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We do dress up for church and the reception follows the ceremony so you will be dressed up. The celebration is like a shower. You naturally eat a meal, bring gifts, and ooh and ahh at the baby. Enjoy....
Oohing and ahing at the baby is my favorite part!
 
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Hash

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I've never really been to a Greek baptism or a Greek wedding reception. I've heard a lot about the baptism itself and I'm aware of what happens at the ceremony (my friend is the godmother of the child), but I don't know much about the reception... what should I expect? And how should I dress? Do they tend to be formal or casual? The baptism reception that I am attending is being held in a banquet hall.
You will enjoy it for sure.... lovely ceremony, prayers for all,the little one being bathed in holy water and olive oil I think?....
And of course the oohing and ahhing from the baby!...lots of presents and goodies all around.... Celebrations,fun and Greek dancing.. Kalley Mera!
 
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acamp7

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A baptism reception is similar to a wedding reception, it is a celebration after the ceremony which happens in a church :)
 

k_tsoukalas

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I would say dress in similar clothes as you would going to church in your "Sunday best" but a little more elevated to that ... Greeks dress "To the Nines". The reception is often at a function hall, local restaurant, or someone's home or in the church hall. No matter where the reception is, you should dress as you would for a day wedding.
 

"Remember When" is a great Greek family tv show!

I just discovered this very cute and family oriented Greek tv sitcom called "Remember When" or "Ta Kalitera Mas Xronia" (our best years). The show follows a family from the perspective of a young boy and shows the trials and tribulations of a Greek family in the late 60's. The show touches on many important issues such as religion, finances and relationships. It's a great insight into what was going on in Greece at the time. You can watch the show for free here: https://www.ertflix.gr/en/series/ser.127653-ta-kalytera-mas-chronia

The best fathers day gifts for your Greek dads, godfathers, uncles and grandfathers!

It's that time of year again! And so many people don't know what to get their father figures. Here is a list of a few examples that I have compiled and gifted throughout the years. Let me know what you think!

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What a Greek adult baptism looks like

Many adults will get baptized into the Greek Orthodox Church, whether for marriage reasons or because they discovered the religion and fell in love with it. The adult baptism process can be intimidating, and many don't know what the process actually entails. It is not very different from the baptism of a baby, since the process is religiously the same. Here is a video of the ceremony of an adult :)

These are the most common words in Greek

This list is extremely helpful for anyone visiting Greece. Learning a bit of Greek can be a little intimidating, especially since some of the sounds don't exist in other languages. I suggest that you at least learn a few words to get by, since it is also a kind gesture when visiting a foreign country. Let me know if you like this video! And if you think these words are easy to learn!

Share and discuss Greek traditions related to Greek weddings, christenings, dance & holidays!

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