I am always learning new things about Greek weddings and traditions.
There are so many different customs depending on where you come from and what your family thinks is important.
How to Have a Traditional Greek Wedding by Norman Kolpas describes some traditions such as the Baby-Rolling Ceremony, Stefana and the Money Dance. He also writes about a tradition that I have never heard of before. It is called the Flamboro.
Apparently the Flamboro is when family and friends seek out a tree branch which has five twigs. An apple and red wool is tied to the twig and this is displayed outside the home of the bride for a week before the wedding. This twig becomes a ‘wedding flag’.
Before the wedding ceremony, the flamboro is detached from its spot outside the bride’s home and carried to the groom’s home. It is then carried in front of the groom to lead him back to his bride’s home. The brides mother welcomes and blesses the future son-in-law with wine, a ring-shaped cookie, and an herbal bombonniere.
Can anyone tell me more about the traditions of the Flamboro?
Is this tradition still practiced in Greece or by Greeks anywhere else in the world?