Marriage

Skopelos, Culture, Wedding

Marriage in Skopelos

In Skopelos

Matchmakers handed sensitive issues that preceded their marriage, and mediation, naturally, they were awarded the golden lyre. If the other party descended from the subsequent drawing up of marriage contract (bouleti). Then an engagement, always on Saturday, called batikia (at Skopelos engagement also called pandria).

Father, mother and the bride’s relatives went to the groom’s house after sunset, holding red lanterns are made of paper dovetail. Procession was followed by female members of the family dressed in traditional costumes. At Gloss, it was the groom’s relatives, who went to the house of the bride holding torches in their hands.

After the agreement, the parents offered the girl a scarf and a basket full of confectionery and flowers as a sign of consent. Chamalia, a kind of local pastry made of marzipan, was a common treatment in these cases. During batikia, in Skopelos, the bride wore morko. Pleated dress made of glossy satin, tsatsaros and kollaina the bust, bones and Aeras on the head, as well as jewelry.

In Klima,

eight days after batikia, woven slippers couple lying on the pillow has been sent to the groom, he returned on Friday, the day before the wedding, thus indicating his impending departure from his homeland. List of all commodities (bouleti) was also placed on Friday.

The wedding was always located on Sunday. On Friday anapiasmata held at the bride’s house, namely the kneading and baking of bread from the wedding dinner. In Gloss they used to knead bread roll wedding during anapiasmata, instead of bread. On this occasion, the bride and handing out money to passers presented rasimata, in other words, they put the money on the tray, which was designed for the bride.

On Saturday morning,

the groom goes dead animal house of the bride and the number of bottles of aged wine, both white and red. Slaughtered animal, called trai, was decorated with a red ribbon tied around his belly and with cloves around his legs. During the night, a holiday called antigamos, was held at the bride’s home.

On Sunday morning,

the best woman sent a golden orange tree leaves to the bride. The latter, after taking a bath in the musk and rose water, was captured by a group of women. On the eve of her wedding, she had hair dyed in chochlo (black paint), made in slender bundles and tied up in the bones. Tsitsakia pinned on bones.Finally, Aeras has been attached to it, namely, bright white, very thin silk scarf with gold lace – borbiloto-finish. Kaptseli, crimson velvet ribbon was tied under the chin to secure and hold the hat in place. Before leaving, the bride wore abodema to his chest like a talisman against evil and, in particular, to avoid witchcraft.

In the second half of the day was the wedding. Guests together with violins, collected the best man, after which the bride and groom at last. Procession was in the church where the wedding was to be performed. Particular local custom were to taste of nuts and honey across kalesoura (namely, all the guests).

The ceremony was followed by a dance kontoura, held in front of the church with drag and drop, gentle movements, so perfectly kontoures (woven slippers) will not slip out of the legs. This was followed by the wedding feast where guests dined on long boards laid out the tablecloth. At dawn on Monday, they escorted the best man singing “Now the birds are now signs”, while the couple retired.

On the following Tuesday a small child was sent to the mother of the groom newlyweds, holding a pitcher of water and cloves. The first appearance of the groom after the wedding took place on the following Wednesday, while the bride was not until a week after the ceremony.

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