Weddings celebrate the union of two lives. Wedding ceremonies and celebrations vary throughout the world. Yet, no wedding ceremony comes close to the pomp and pleasures of Indian weddings. But, would you deny a wedding invitation during your travels? I wouldn't because weddings are an opportunity to indulge in local culture, food and beverages.
Feast of the Assumption is an open invitation to all to witness a traditional Greek wedding. The festival is a reenactment of a traditional Alonissos wedding and takes place in Sporades Island. It starts with a morning church service followed by the best man’s visit to the groom’s house. The groom's walk towards the bride is accompanied by traditional music and street performances. Tables are filled with local wedding dishes, sweetmeats and pomace brandy. And, the celebrations go on until the sun comes up. It is one wedding I am not going to miss.
When: 15th August
How to reach: Round-trip flights from Delhi to Athens cost ₹30,000. Alonissos is about six hours from Athens and can be reached by train and ferry.
Where to stay: Alexandra Rooms (₹3,553 double), Liadromia Hotel (₹4,737 double).