The crowning of Stefana

Greek wedding traditions

If you’re attending a Greek wedding for the first time, there are details about the symbolism in an Orthodox ceremony to know. One of the most important Greek wedding traditions and the highlight of the sacrament is called “The Crowning”. A single ribbon attaches two crowns, called Stefana, together. When the priest places them on the groom and bride’s heads, they are crowned by God as king and queen of their home and founders of a new generation. The crowns are exchanged on their heads three times by the Koumbaro or Koumbara.

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