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Greek Wedding Break Plates

April 19, 2013 by  

Greek Wedding Break Plates, Whether you’ve attended a traditional Greek wedding, heard a story or seen this strange custom in a Hollywood movie, you may have asked yourself – Why do Greeks break plates?

Well to get one thing straight – this custom is not very common any longer in Greece. You’re more likely to see it enacted in movies or in Greek restaurants in the US, usually to appeal to tourists.

However in the past Greeks did smash plates at weddings. And the question remains – why would a person want to smash a good clean, new plate instead of eating off it (you’ve never seen anyone smash a dirty plate intentionally at a wedding, have you?)? Read on to find out some more about the Greek plate breaking tradition.

Plate Breaking in Perspective
Plate breaking isn’t just a traditional act performed at weddings. In fact that appears to have been a later form of plate smashing. One of the first mentioned events involving this strange tradition was:

So now what you’ve been waiting for – the main reasons Why Greeks smash plates at weddings.

New Beginnings
There may be two reasons that plate smashing was a tradition used at weddings:

So do Greeks still break plates at weddings?
The answer? No.

Most Greek weddings no longer involve plate breaking. For one thing, it gets too expensive and for another, it’s just more messy to clean up,

Modern Greek weddings are in fact similar to many Western weddings. And although Hollywood may have romanticized the whole idea of wedding plate smashing, it’s not that popular at weddings any longer.

These days the Greek wives keep the plate smashing for when their husbands come home late from the pub after a night on the Ouzo…

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