Are Easter Candles Superficial and Materialistic?

Are Easter Candles Superficial and Materialistic-One of my articles has been published on the Orthodox Christian Network. It is titled: Are Easter Candles Superficial and Materialistic?

I would love to know your thoughts about this topic. Do you buy decorated candles or do you prefer to just get the plain white ones from Church?

Sia Aristidou is fascinated by the rituals and traditions celebrated in Greek culture. She writes about love, marriage, family and tradition and sells beautiful handmade wedding gifts at the Greek Wedding Shop.
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Ari’s Baptism Day – My Son Was Christened at the Greek Orthodox Church of St George

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Ari’s Baptism Day

I have been meaning to share these photos for a while now. My son’s baptism was back in January. Being a mum means that you get busy and distracted and sometimes blogging a post like this one takes a few months to complete. Thank you to the lovely readers who have sent me emails asking to see photos. I hope that the tips and photos in this story help you to plan for your own child or God child’s christening. Here it is… finally… the story of my son’s christening day. 

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Can You Use Old Touli For A Baby’s Baptism?

Butterfly Chic Girlst Christening SetHere is a question from one of our readers:

“Hi Sia.

Love your Greek traditions blog.

I have a question that I can’t find the answer to and the oldies in the family seem to be at odds with each other over what’s right and not. I wanted to use my wedding veil to be a part of the lambatha for our baby’s baptism. It got a little damaged at the edges at the wedding thanks to my bracelet catching on it and it’s made from nice touli that would be elegant on a lambatha.

 Is this, as far as you know, ok to do? My mother says no, cause it’s bad luck, my aunty says yes why not it’s better than leaving it unused in the cupboard.

Thanks in advance for you point of view.”

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Hi Yvonne,

Thank you for your email and your lovely feedback about my blog.
Here is my opinion:
The Christening lambatha is supposed to be purchased by the God Parents or sponsors of the baby/adult that is being baptised. So, technically it should be the choice of the God Parent. Here is a list of all the items that the God Parent should bring along to a baptism: What Should God Parents Buy For A Christening?
Having said that, a lot of people these days will involve the parents of the child in the purchasing decisions so that the candle, bombonerie and other items match the theme of the party.
From a religious perspective, candles should not be decorated at all. When I was planning my son’s christening, I received a checklist from the Church with information about the christening and it said “do not decorate the candle as it is distracting’.
I’m in the business of selling wedding and christening candles, so of course, my candle was decorated! Every christening that I have ever attended have always had beautifully decorated candles.
Decorating the Christening candle is a cultural tradition rather than a religious tradition. For this reason you are free to do what you like.
For my son’s christening, we used the tulle that came from the box that his outfit was sent it. It was lovely tulle and it worked with our theme. As your aunty says there is not point leaving the tulle unused in the cupboard. It’s a shame to let beautiful things go to waste.
If you would like to do something special with your veil, I can suggest a few other ideas:
  • Donate the veil to Angel Gowns – a voluntary organisation that uses old wedding dresses to make outfits for babies who have left this world too early. 
  • Sell the veil online – gumtree or ebay.
  • Give the veil to a friend or relative getting married – it can be their ‘something borrowed’.
  • Cut the tulle up and use it for bombonerie.
  • Keep it in your cupboard. Try it on once a year on your wedding anniversary and reminisce your wedding day.
Do what you think is best.
Do you have any other suggestions or ideas?

Please share in the comments below.


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Sia Aristidou is fascinated by the rituals and traditions celebrated in Greek culture. She writes about love, marriage, family and tradition and sells beautiful handmade wedding gifts at the Greek Wedding Shop.
Connect with Sia on Facebook or say hello on Twitter. You may also like to subscribe to the Greek Weddings & Traditions blog or join the Greek Cooking Challenge.

A Greek Lebanese Wedding Story – Triffon and Pamela

Pamela and Triffon were married on 10 October 2015 at Saint Spyridon in Sydney, Australia.

I invited Pamela and Triffon to do an interview for the blog and Pamela agreed to share her wedding story with us. The styling at this wedding is like no other wedding I have ever seen before. Every detail has been carefully thought through and beautifully done. I think it this day was a true reflection of Pamela’s creative personality.  Continue reading

Is it traditional to give a Greek mother a gift of gold when a new baby is born?

Baby Boy Mati Pin - Greek TraditionHere is a question from one of our readers:
“Hi Sia,
I found your blog looking for Greek traditions, and I hope you can help me. I’m writing an article for the New York Times about post-baby gifts, and a Greek friend told me that it’s traditional for Greek mothers to receive gold, as a blessing. Do you know if that’s accurate, or do you have any insights into gifts that are traditionally given when a new baby arrives?

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Andrea & Peter’s Wedding Story

Andrea & Peter 2Before we get in to Andrea & Peter’s wedding story, I have to show you this youtube clip!! Peter proposed to Andrea in front of a very large crowd and of course, she said yes. Take a look… Continue reading

Koumbara Chantal Leptos-Loverso Shares Her Best Friend’s Wedding Story


Chantal Leptos-Loverso is the Koumbara to Anna & Bill. The wedding day was 25 July 2015 in Victoria, Australia. 

Chantal Leptos-Loverso and I are “online friends” and we have been talking on social media for many years. However in real life, Chantal is best friends with Anna. On the day that Anna married Bill, Chantal crowned the couple and became their koumbara. I asked Chantal some questions about her role as koumbara and what she did to help plan the wedding day.  Continue reading

A Destination Wedding in Lefkas – Alexia & Tom’s Wedding Story


ALG_4061Alexia & Tom were married on the Greek Island of Lefkas. Claire from Lefkas Weddings organised all the arrangements and is sponsoring this blog post to hopefully connect with other Australian couples who are looking to plan a destination wedding in Greece. 

A search for the Greek island of Lefkas returns dozens of images of a beach of outstanding natural beauty. White cliffs curve and surround the cove which cradles a stretch of white sand. Endless turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea stretch before you invitingly as soft foam of the waves beckons you for a relaxing swim. This is the beach of Porto Katsiki and the setting for our wedding story. Continue reading

Anna & Bill’s Wedding Story

Anna & Bill were married on 25 July 2015 at St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Victoria, Australia. 

How did you and Bill meet each other?

Our story begins over coffee with friends. A mutual smile across the table won our hearts. Secretly asking questions about each other fate had it that we would randomly bump into each other over a period of months. After bumping into each other so often through Bill’s small talk and research had led him become a regular at a restaurant I worked at part time, he worked out my shifts and was always the last customer to leave. He finally worked up the courage to ask me out to dinner. From that dinner it was endless conversation over family, life, politics (some could say debate), music and travel. Continue reading

Top 5 Stefana Designers of 2015

TOP 5 Stefana Designers - Greek Wedding ShopLast year was a record sales year at the Greek Wedding Shop. I am very proud of the success and growth that I have achieved with my online business. I couldn’t have done it without you, so thank you for your support. Many of our customers are referred to my by word of mouth and that is truly the best compliment for my business. Thank you for recommending your friends and for sharing the products that you love.

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