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Traditions

Customs and Folklore

Engagement and Marriage

Although Leipsiotes not love marriages and mating is initiated by youth, the application (tilt) of the groom becomes solemn. The bride’s family makes a nice bouquet, lights a lantern oil and prepare a platter of traditional honeyed xirotigana. Saturday night the bride’s parents and a few close relatives, keeping the sweets, the bouquet and the traditional burning fanari- to fengei- start for the home of the groom. Although the whole process is done in complete privacy, the new fast spreading and a lighted lantern is easily understood in the narrow streets of the island.
When they reach the house of the groom, served even before the father of the bride says: “The goal we came tonight in your home, is to seek them your son, make him our child, to give our daughter.”
Immediately after, parents and relatives while exchanging kisses the groom, accompanied by a close relative of the bride goes to her home where she awaits to take her and lead her home.

Wedding Eve

The evening before a wedding, the bride’s house is laid bridal bed, with invited relatives from both sides. Specifically, precedes sanctification and immediately after the girls begin to pave the bed singing

After the laying of the bed, throwing up a tad to go good luck and the first child of the couple to be male. Here are the treats in the world with traditional sweets, liqueurs and melekounia, the throwing of money and gold sovereigns in bed and prostrations of the intending spouses to relatives. That evening the groom sends to the bride’s house the chest with his clothes.
On the eve of the wedding, the bride’s father slaughtered the goats on the table will be set up for guests the next day. The night before the house of the bride in laws podokefala eat, feast, which will continue the next day.

Wedding Day

From morning friends and relatives perform the chores that everybody has assumed. In the afternoon, three hours before the ceremony, the church bells begin to sound joyful alerting in this way the guests. Relatives and friends of the groom go home, and so are the relatives and friends of the bride. It is time now to prepare the bride. Some of her friends to dress and comb while others sing

Once the bride is ready, paving the way from her home to the home of the groom and the door of the Church of Mersin who have quit from Mersini.
The bride’s parents, relatives and friends, holding ‘tsatonia “ie. Gifts, clothes and cutlery, a large bouquet, bowls with candy and accompanied by musicians playing a particular purpose go to the groom’s house to collect it and lead him to the home of the bride. From there the procession will start all organs and led the new couple for the Church. The musicians stop the gate of the Church.
After completion of the Mystery becomes the tratarisma of favors, the buns and then the choros- if weather permits Square.
According to the custom of the place he who pays the instruments is the one who “orders” dance and the one who picks up the girls to dance.
The wedding feast usually stops at dawn the next day. It is time together standing will sing “paste” that they call praises.

The tradition of Klidonas

Every year, on June 23, early in the morning, the eve of the celebration of the birthday of John the Baptist the Leipsiotes- Girls and Boys with his head covered with a red handkerchief start to the nearest well having in their hands a small mirror and a kettle .
Upon reaching the well, with the mirror in his hand trying to bear with reflection on the water surface image of an object from the environment. Based on the image to be formed try to interpret the dream that they saw in their sleep the night before, which according to custom has a relationship with the man who will marry. Then they take from the well the “speechless” water, which keep in the container.
The evening of the same day in the neighborhoods of the village, groups of girls and boys light up large bonfires where they burn the wreaths they had made on May Day. According to popular belief if someone treats odor problem with the sweat of his legs and rubbed the ashes of wreaths, his legs will not xanamyrisoun!
After the burning of wreaths ceremony begins Klidona. Each member of pareas- anypantroi- all places within the pitcher with the “silent” water is a personal object eg a ring or a bracelet. Then cover the pot with a red handkerchief and place it in the countryside where he will stay all night “to see the stars.”
The other mesimeri- feast day of St. John the Baptist, the company concentrated again. Everyone puts in his mouth a sip from the “silent” water and started the walk to the village, without being able to speak one and the mouth is full of water. During this ride any name first heard this is the name of the groom or the bride who will marry respectively. The evening of the same day the groups gather once again. Then a small child; covered with a red mantili- sent at random from the jar object that the song gang corresponds had sung before. Songs such as the following accompanying laughter and teasing.