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Perceptions and practices

When wedding promises were made and rings were exchanged, the bride’s father in law would attach her ring to a handkerchief and place it proudly over his beard and say “Hope they both live and prosper.” All the men would then follow suit. The bride’s relatives would set the table and the groom’s relatives would take it apart expecting the bride to make it up again. Having set the table once more the bride would then offer gifts to the groom’s family (sacks, alcoholic drinks, handkerchiefs etc). When the bride entered the groom’s home, her father-in-law holding an ax would strike a piece of wood three times and he’d say: “I’m chopping, chopping the shooting star.” At the same time he promises the bride a beehive and a sheep. This practice was carried out so that when the time came for the newlywed woman to give birth to her future children she wouldn’t be in pain.

Vihas Ioannis. Folklore collection from the settlement of Ktistades. Students Manuscripts, Folklore Studies, School of Philosophy, University of Ioannina, Series 5, 1968-1969, p 193-214.

On the Monday morning after the wedding the newlywed woman would sweep the home and when she gathered the dust the groom would give her money and she’d then scatter the dust. The newlywed woman then would sweep up the dust once more and this time her in-laws would scatter the dust all over again. During this act the newlywed woman’s patience was tested. It would demonstrate her patience throughout her life and determined if she’d obey husband and in-laws. On the Wednesday morning she would head to the water fountain accompanied by a young boy. The newlywed woman would throw the money that she’d previously collected from her husband into the water fountain and the boy would then have to find it and once he did he’d keep it. Also on the Wednesday after the wedding, she’d head out to collect wood also accompanied by a boy. She’d give the boy money hoping that she’d give birth to boys.

It was forbidden for the newlywed woman to touch any soil for up to nine days after her wedding because soil represented death. During their first year of marriage it was also prohibited for newlyweds to eat any sort of wheat in Church as well as olives and lentils so that the newlywed woman wouldn’t give birth to girls. Additionally during their first year of marriage it was forbidden to christen a child or crown other bride-grooms.

On the eight day after the wedding the newlyweds and their close relatives would go to the bride’s parents’ house to have a feast. On the 15th day they’d go to Church where the bride would pray and leave money on the icons. After the Church service they’d go to the Godfather’s home to celebrate and have a meal together.

Giannakis Labros. Folk Collection of the Kataraktis Settlement. Student Manuscripts, Folklore Studies, School of Philosophy, University of Ioannina, Series 7, 1970-1974, Volume I (A-Γ), p 759-809.