My earliest memories of my Yaiyai is of her sitting in her chair sewing Greek doilies for all her grand-daughters who will one day be beautiful nifis. “They are for your prika” she would say, and then mum would tell me that i wouldn’t get them until i was married.
So what is a prika anyway?
Some people call it a Glory Box or and others know it as a Dowry. It can be an actual box that the bride takes with her when she is married, or just a name given to all of the stuff (tea towels, linen etc) that you get before you are married. I have attached a picture of my glory box which was once my mothers. It is a large hand-carved wooden box full of things that i am collecting for when i move out of home.
Gia from It’s All Greek To Me has written in her blog about the use of a dowry in a traditional Greek wedding:
“The Wednesday before the wedding is the day the bride invites her relatives to get the dowry ready. For those of you who do not know about dowries, basically they are made up of the linen for the new couple’s home, which the bride’s mother has collected over the years, while waiting for her daughter to marry. The bride’s sisters, friends and cousins separate the linen and tie it up in small parcels with colourful ribbons and again people arrive to gaze upon the beautiful bedding, the handmade tablecloths, the colourful towels, the expensive carpets that are all set up in one room for all to see.“
There is also an interesting history about dowry’s on wikipedia you may like to read. It explains in detail the purpose of a dowry how it has changed over time and how it is used differently in other cultures.
Do you have a Prika?
What does it look like and what does it have inside?
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