Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Weddings from around the world...

One of my BMs is Greek and planning her wedding as well. It's soo interesting to learn about other people's traditions. I never knew they didn't say vows, but in a way, it's sounds so romantic.... before I blow the ending, here's the jist of it:

A Greek Orthodox Wedding

The Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony is an ancient and beautiful service. A unique part of the ceremony is that the Bride and Groom do not say any vows. The ceremony itself shows the couples willingness to come forward and be married, and accept God into their new home.

The ceremony consists of two parts: The Service of Betrothal and the Ceremony of the Sacrament of Marriage. Each part of the ceremony has a special meaning and is significant in the joining of husband and wife. The ceremony starts as the Bride and Groom are each handed white candles to symbolize their willingness to accept Christ into their lives.

Some important elements of the GO ceremony include that the couple must have a religious sponsor(s). They are called Koumbaro (male) or Koumbara (Female). They serve as an important witness to the union. Also, during the ceremony, certain acts and phrases are repeated three times. This represents the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


Are you having a cultural/religous/traditional wedding?

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