Limenaria Customs & Traditions

Customs & Traditions

The week before the wedding the washing of the dowry begins. The girls, friends of the bride, with evident pleasure and enthusiasm wash in tubs one after the other the white clothes of the dowry.
The bride’s mother offers pastries and “silvers” the tubs by throwing coins. Soon come the groom’s mother along with other relatives. Everyone will “silver” the tub and the money raised will be shared amongst the girls who helped wash the dowry. After rinsing, they tie clothes lines at the road and the dowry is hung to dry in order to show the prosperity of the bride.
All clothes will be gathered before sunset. On Wednesday, women iron the dowry. They first put the well-folded beautiful white embroidery inside baskets or decorate the walls of the house with them and then they put all the woolen of the loom one on top of the other to make the “rihouthia” (pile).
Thassian dowry was a genuine work of folk art. Until Friday, relatives will be coming to see the dowry, to throw rice and “silver” it once more. After Saturday noon, the groom and the best man come with violins and lutes to the bride’s home to get the dowry.
The dowry’s procession sets off to the groom’s house led by folk musicians, the groom and the best man. When the procession reaches the groom’s house, they unload the dowry in the courtyard. They dance and sing the first song called «Ούλα είναι πουλάκια ζυγά- ζυγά». After the feast they take the dowry into the groom’s house.
On Sunday at the groom’s and bride’s house a celebration takes place. Since the early hours, the bride’s girlfriends come to dress her up and sing. In a similar way takes place the groom’s dressing up. After the barber shaves him with the escort of songs and being dressed by his friends they set off with the escort of the musicians for the best man’s house. The procession with the groom and the best man sets off to the bride’s house. Her mother and the other women advise her as they escort her out of the house, while her girlfriends will hide her and will not hand her to the groom unless he promises* money or more commonly a generous dinner. After the ceremony they all set off to the groom’s house. There the groom’s mother who has first left the church is waiting. When they approach, she goes inside the house, gets the tray with the sweet waiting to welcome the bride. From then on the feast can begin that goes on until dawn

Of the Carnival

“Για βρεξ΄ Απρίλημ” (Rain my April)
It is a dance with religious content of Dionysian cycle, ritual and religious. Its religiosity lies at the format it has and is associated with the cyclical nature of life, a concept formed by humans since they discovered agriculture: sowing, germination, dart into the daylight.
The celebration takes place the third day of Easter, after the litany of the icons around the village. Then all the villagers gather close to the old platanus and the elders are gathered around it, while the commissioners treat traditional loukoumia (Turkish delights) and local tsipouro (raki). The leading dancer is always a woman, a symbol of fertility and life, who sings the intensely colored religious song from ancient times and the rest repeat. At the beginning of each stanza all hands are raised pleading to the sky forming an acute angle and then rushing down.