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The Priest is guiding the bride and groom around the table altar and the Koumbaros is walking with them. This ritual is called “The dance of Isaiah“
The Koumbaros has a very important role in a Greek wedding and it the future lives of the newlyweds.
The Koumbaros exchanges the crowns three times on the heads of the bride and groom and assists them to walk around the table during the ‘Dance of Isaiah’.
The Koumbaros is also responsible for providing the following items on the wedding day:
- Stefana (Wedding Crowns)
- Two Lampades
- The Wedding Tray
- Gratitudes to the Priest, Canter and Sexton
- Bomboniere for the wedding guests
I have been to some weddings where there has been both a Koumparos and a Koumpara.
When there is two sponsors do they share all of the duties (and expenses) mentioned above?
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