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Visit to Benaki Museum

On Thursday, 26th of February, 2015 at 11:00 am, a group of 15 people served by the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece, along with their guides, visited the Benaki Museum. During the tour, the participants had the opportunity, with the help of responsible guides of the Museum, to travel tactually and acoustically back in time to the era of ancient Athens and learn about the ritual of marriage, about the practices where the bride wasn't choosing her future spouse, about the age of the couple when the marriage was taking place, about the customs that were kept and included the time before and after a wedding, about the bath the bride had to take to "purify" herself before marriage, but also the costumes they were choosing for that special day.

At the same time, participants groped authentic exhibits, like the special amphora that the bride was carrying her bath water before marriage, four kinds of wedding crowns and a traditional wedding dress worn by brides in Rhodes. Finally, an amateur actor narrated a chapter from "The Marriage of Karachmeti" by Alexandros Papadiamantis, describing marriage and the roles of the spouses and the position of women at that time.

The visit was very well organised, enriched the knowledge and the experiences and enhanced the social interaction of the participants, who left satisfied and expressed their gratitude to their guides.