Greek dating and marriage customs
He went to her house accompanied by a friend and threw his cap into the house when the door was opened.If the cap was thrown back by the girl, it meant she wasn’t interested.When the deal was done, it was common for the seller to give back a certain discretionary amount to the buyer.If a bullock cost 300 pounds, 20 pounds might be handed back as the buyer left.Irish wedding tradition and custom meant that no wedding ceremonies could take place over Lent (the 40 day period prior to Easter Sunday) so Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Tuesday), the day before Lent began was the last chance till after Easter.The period from Christmas to Lent was the most popular marrying period.Sometimes, it is simply because they may have disappeared and are remembered only by some of the older people.
When a bride entered her new home, by custom her mother-in-law would break a cake of bread over her head, as a token that she would take over as the woman of the house.Often these young lads would approach their victim as people gathered for Mass. Another Irish wedding tradition in parts of the country was for the grooms to give 'luck money' to the bride’s parents to bring good luck on the house.This could be a sizeable amount of money and a great deal of pride was associated with it.Later it became common to have the ceremony in the home of the bride, then over it time it changed to marrying on the steps of the church until finally the wedding ceremonies started to be held in the church itself.
Most weddings today in Ireland still take place in a church but there are an increasing number of marriages which take place in a registry office.
I remember going to a friend's wedding a few years ago in a small village called Caltra near Ballinasloe in East Galway.