Travel Santo Domingo- A Traditional Orthodox Baptism and an Elegant Christening Party
More than one hundred of Farach and Athanasopoulos closest friends and family members gathered at a Catholic Church in Santo Domingo on Saturday March 24 to witness Alexander Athanasopoulos being baptised. The traditional Orthodox Baptism ceremony was held in Spanish by a coptic priest. It was a beautiful, traditional family ceremony we all enjoyed!!
As it is typical also in Greece, a christening party followed the baptism which gave as a chance to chat, socialize, enjoy lovely food and dance merengue! I was really impressed with the attention to detail and tried to capture the inspiring decoration. Dominican Republic women are very pretty, elegant… and thin!
Check out all the amazing details from elegant party decor… to chic food presentation… to high heels and jewelry! As you will see everything was perfect down to the last detail !!! Congratulations Matilde for a lovely party and thank you again!!!
Oh so stylish in white
Karla Farach de Athanasopoulos looked amazing in a white dress and bright green lizard high heels.
The martirika, or witness pins where a beautiful white leather bracelet with a cross and a mati (evil eye) and where handed out at the end of the ceremony and worn by guests as proof of witnessing the baptism.
Boubounieres or candy favors – are almond candy favors given to each guest after the baptism. Ours where not the traditional simple white, pink or blue puffs favors of tulle tied with a ribbon and filled with white Jordan almonds. Instead each of us received an adorable matte and shiny silver combination Icon featuring 3 angels! Just so you know Bombonieres are always filled with an odd number of almonds…
After the baptism, the baptismal clothes contain Holy Oil on the garment. As such, the Holy Oil can not be disposed of through a washing in a washing machine. The best way to wash the garment post Sacrament is to do a wash by hand in a bucket. You can wash the clothing with regular detergent in a bucket and poor the washed water outside onto the ground.
I was so happy to see Paula, again!!! She is looking as gorgeous as ever and now she has a beautiful daughter too!!!
Eleni Papadimitriou and Maria Xanthakos
Thanks to Maria Xanthakos a soon to be member of the family and Karla Farach de Athanasopoulos, of course, Eleni Papadimitriou and me got the chance to attend this lovely event, visit a wonderful country and meet warm, amazing people!!! It is an unforgettable experience and yes, we attended more parties and swam in breathtaking exotic beaches. Stay tuned …. more photos coming soon.. 🙂