They dared not even give their names outside their close family circle.
They did not want to attract unwanted attention from unrelated males.
January 1 is the Feast of Agios Vassillios (Saint Basil, the Great) and is celebrated with church services. It is also the day of the "vassilopita", a sweat bread with a coin token inside which brings its finder good luck for the future year. A spiritual plunge in the cold waters of seas, lakes or rivers.
January 1 is also the day were gifts are given to the children.- Plaki = Customs from Farasson in Cappadocia - Enborio Eordaias near Kozani = traditional music and dances - Polikasro near Kilkis = costumed folklore presentations, : It is the religious feast of Agia Theofania or "Fota", being a Feast of Light. On January 6th, the "twelve days" of Christmas officially come to an end. It is a traditional holiday, performed by Greeks for themselves, not for tourists.
Today, the cross is attached to a long chain, just in case.
At Piraeus, the port of Athens, the ceremony takes the form of a priest hurling a large crucifix into the waters.
Marriages in ancient Greece were arranged by the parents of the intended bride and groom.
On the wedding day the groom and groomsmen (ሚዜ) get ready at the groom's house early in the morning and proceed to the bride's parents house to begin the wedding ceremonies.
It may also reflect a survival of the custom of giving precious offerings to sea, river, and spring spirits to assure their benevolence or halt their interference.
On Epiphany, the kallinkantzari (hobgoblins), those malicious spirits who are said to be active during the twelve days of Christmas, are believed to be banished for the rest of the year.
The Wedding procedure starts with the groom's side sending elders (Shimagle) who then request a union between the parties.
The elders discuss a dowry (ጧሎሽ) and verify that the intended bride and groom are not relatives by checking their lineage a minimum of seven generations.
During Epiphany, waters and the vessels that ply them are blessed and evil spirits are banished.