The dowry is traditionally a gift given by the brides family to the groom when they are married. The tradition of the dowry gift is different across cultures and countries. Here is a story that my friend John told me about the Greek, old tradition of Steeling the Dowry.
“In some villages of Rethymno, on the Greek Island of Crete, there is an old tradition:
The groom to be, the night before the wedding, “breaks into” the bride’s home (her parent’s house). Tradition says that the groom takes whatever he likes, from furniture, appliances, to cutlery and carpets in order to fill the couple’s new home. Obviously it is an inside job and the parents are well aware! 😉
A very old tradition that tends to disappear as time passes…“
What would you “steel” from your parent’s house?
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