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The culture of Greece has evolved over thousands of years - dating from the Paleolithic era and the birth of the great Minoan, (2600-1500 BC), Mycenaean (1500-1150 BC) and Cycladic civilizations through the Classical Period (6th - 4th centuries BC) - the Golden Age, reaching great levels of prosperity that resulted in an unprecedented cultural boom, expressed in architecture, drama, science and philosophy, and nurtured in Athens under a democratic environment, through the sequence of invasions and domination: by the Macedonians, the Romans, the Byzantine Empire and the 400 years of Ottoman rule.
During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, Greece saw monarchies and ousting of royalty, fierce political fights, assassinations, and dictatorships, wars that added neighboring territories and new population, but also brought economic devastation and poverty.
After the defeat of Germany and the end of World War II, Greece joined NATO in 1952 and experienced a bitter civil war between communist and anticommunist forces.
In 1967, a group of military officers seized power, establishing a military dictatorship that suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country.
Nowadays, it is perfectly acceptable for most couples to skip the engagement part and proceed with the wedding.
Contemporary Greek culture and traditions are very rich and diverse, reflecting Greece’s location at the crossing point where the West meets the East and the country’s great and turbulent history.
It is mostly followed in the province, and like most major events in the social life of Greeks, a priest is invited to bless the engagement rings, which are tied on a red ribbon and placed before a Virgin Mary icon.
The man had to ask the woman’s hand from her father, and then the two families would decide on the dowry the husband would receive from the wife’s family.
However, the engagement was also used in benefit of many men who did not really wish to marry, but were otherwise not socially accepted to be involved in premarital relations.
For example, until the 1980’s many men in Greece decided on getting engaged so that their relationship was socially acceptable.
The Greek word for engagement is “arrabhon” or “aravonas” and derives from Hebrew, which translates as pledge or guarantee, and was introduced and adopted by the Greek society and culture through commercial transactions between the two peoples.
In older times, engagement was employed as a means for the couple to get to know each other on a mental and spiritual level before their wedding.