Object ID
2007.30.5.C
Object Name
Candle
Date Created
December 27, 1945
Alternative Name
Wedding Ceremonial
Material
Wax
Object Entities
DORROS, MARIE (created by)
Wright, Toula (owned by)
Schemetekopf, Angela (is related to)
Koumbaro, (is related to)
Wright, Franklyn (is related to)
Object Description
White candles tied with pearl colored ribbons 4 inches wide tied with wax flowers and pale green twine. Each cream flower bud has a spot of green wax. At center of each bundle sits an open flower centered over wax leaves. Matching Stefana also included.
Origin
Belonged to the donor's mother, Toula Kouimelis Wright (Nov. 8, 1915-Dec. 17, 2004). She was born in Chicago, grew up in Athens, and returned to Chicago in November 1929. The candles are from her marriage to Franklyn J. Wright at St. Constantine Greek Orthodox Church on the south side of Chicago on December 27, 1945. The ceremony starts as the Bride and Groom are each handed the white candles to symbolize their willingness to accept Christ into their lives. These candles are to be provided by the The Koumbaro who is like a "best man." Traditionally, the koumbaros was the groom's godfather. In traditional Greek weddings, the koumbaro's role is highly symbolic, and his duties are many.
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Citation
Candle, December 27, 1945, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/7720. Accessed 01/20/21.