Creta is a wonderful island with Mediterranean flavor located in the Southern Greece.
It's a place well known for its authentic people, their unique roots and the loyalty to their traditions. In exactly this spirit they celebrate their weddings!
They also make a smaller celebration to formalize the wedding, the engagement where they exchange rings.
Their word is a contract and they pay high importance to moral issues. In case that parents or the family did not agree, the man used to ‘stole’ his beloved! The matchmaking was also a way to get married
The ‘caller’ (kalestis) was a person whose responsibility was to announce and invite the village to the wedding.
Nowadays we have the invitation papers! The dowry of the bride is transported with a special celebration to the new house of the couple
where the unmarried girls are lain the bridal bed.
According to the custom, they throw a little boy in bed as a symbol of fertility.
The guests throw to the bed money as a gift to the couple.
On Sunday the men adorn the groom in his place and the girls the bride in her house.
The groom with traditional procession with instruments and a kind of shootings (balothies) receives his beloved
by her family and all together are going to the church. Imagine something like a mass road fiesta.
The bride takes honey from her mother-in-law and makes a cross in the door in order their life to be sweet.
The celebration is a very serious matter for the Cretans.
Traditional food and sweets, music and dance until the next day are a must!
And of course a lot of alcohol, the worldwide famous traditional drinks, tsikoudia and raki!
They are very joyful people and celebrate by heart!
The ceremony is filtered through the folk wisdom and is perceived as a special delight moment. 'Joy', as they use to call the weddings!
We can detect a lot of variations by regions. Pontians are well known for their authenticity and the fact that they maintain strictly with great fidelity their customs in theιr new homelands. They used to get married very young. The average age for the boys was 20-23 years old and for the girls even earlier! They still have close societies and are used to get married to each other. Of course, for the girl the father’s speech was inviolable.
The groom combined with the best man, friends and musicians are going to the bride’s house where the family of the bride creates obstacles which the groomate has to pass through. The goal is the groomate to rich the bride which is inside the house. The relatives exchange a crosstalk with traditional lyrics, the family of the bride offers sweets to the family of the groom and the groom man offers money to the bride’s relatives in order to pass through the barriers. The last obstacle is the bride’s father! The best man has to give him money in order to get the hidden bridal shoe. The unmarried girls have already written in the sole of the shoe their names. The custom says that after the dance, those names which have been wiped out will get married soon!
The grooms receives the bride and all together are going to the church! During the mystery the bride wears the veil and according to the tradition she must be still as a sign of seriousness .An other characteristic custom is the pinchole of money in the bridal dress as a gift to the new family.For Pontians wedding is a crucial and holly chapter of their lives and so they pay too much attention to the rivals. Alcohol, traditional sweets, their famous cyclic dance and lyre create a festive atmosphere of joy. Korsara, is a well-known custom, is boiled hen which is offered as meze in a special tray, from the aunt’s bride to the best man.
Due to the hard core family structure those traditions are revived still today. Imagine this fiesta and the passion of the invited under the accompaniment of the lyre…Joy!
Marriage is something far than the institution where by individuals are joined in. It is a mutual lifelong commitment between two people ! Many countries have legends concerning the origins of the marriage and its definition varies around the world between religions, cultures and throughout history.
The ceremony of the marriage is known as wedding and is framed by huge variety of rituals and celebrations. The wedding is a symbol of loyalty and faithful for long life during which lovely moments will come but also cloudy days. The core meaning is the bond between the couple.
''We are together in this and forever''takes constant work.
The ceremony brings the whole family and friends together to wish and share the joy of the new beginning. It is a magnificent moment for the couple and everything must be as they want to. Let’s get inspiredby the fantastic variety around the world and travel between time and space. Every wedding is unique and special!