The Krevatia which is also known as the Bed Making Ceremony is a Greek wedding tradition which blesses the marital bed and the couples fertility.
The marital mattress orÂ krevati in Greek, is decorated for the wedding and money is thrown on it by the relatives of the new couple as a gift for their new beginning and common life. The bed making ceremony is usuallyÂ done a couple of days before the wedding and sometimes it includes a tradition known as the flipping of the baby. A baby is placed on the wedding bed as a symbol of fertility and blessing, a girl if the couple wants their first baby to be a girl, or a baby boy.
Would you have a baby girl or a boy at your krevati ceremony?
Klidonas in Ouranoupolis
Every summer, on the 23rd of June, on the eve before the birth of St John the Baptist, Ouranoupolis celebrates the festival of Klidonas. It was initially a pagan festival which coincided with the summer solstice (midsummer), it was adopted by the Christian church and became part of our cultural tradition.
Young girls, eager to foresee their future, place a personal item, a ring, an earring, etc in a clay pot which is filled with water from three springs and is covered with a red cloth. The pot is left under the starry night overnight. The next day, a young girl picks out the personal items one by one. It is thought that the first item out of the pot belongs to the girl who will marry before the end of the year. The girls are excited. Is it their destiny or is it the will of St John? Some of them recite rimes, subtle messages to the boys they fancy. Children light fires and jump through them in a cathartic ritual. The festival ends with traditional dances and song.
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Remembering the Greek Revolution, that liberated Greece from 400 years of Ottoman Rule in 1821.
Greek Australians March from Martin Place to the Domain.