But a wedding usually does it for most people.
This evening we attended the wedding of Nicoletta & Ioannis, at Tries Hieraches church here in the town. An opportunity to get dressed up and join your neighbours and friends at the celebration.
The weather has been poor raining all day, and we left the house with umbrellas dodging the puddles. Standing outside the church was Ioannis waiting for his bride to arrive, holding a bouquet of lillies.
As if by magic the rain stopped and the sound of car horns blaring announced the arrival of Nicoletta as she arrived on the Paralia.
Escorted to the church, by her father Vasilis, where she was met by Ioannis on the step, as the assembled crowd all applauded.
We all then made our way inside, where it was warm and cosy. The service itself was interesting, and everyone took great interest in the proceedings as they progressed.
All too soon there was another polite round of applause as the wedding was over and they were now 'One'
They say you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince, But Nicoletta and Ioannis had to kiss a lot of friends this evening as we all queued to take our turn to congratulate the happy couple.
The Papa even paused and gave my daughter a pat on the head as he passed by ...
Then we all shook hands and kissed the respective parents, before we left the church. As we did we were given a bag containing a piece of sweet bakalava cake, and a satin rose each, the heart of which is a bag of sugared almonds ...
So congratulations to Nicoletta and Ioannis, have a long and happy life together ...