Crisis Drives Cretan Search for Godfathers

baptismWith many people unable to afford the tradition of being a Godfather because of Greece’s crushing economic crisis, some Cretans are taking out ads looking for someone who can afford the cost.

A baptism in Crete is customarily a big occasion. Even during the toughest years of starvation, Cretans had no problem finding one to baptize their child.  Now, many couples cannot find someone to baptize their child, something that led them to post classified ads.

A godparent has to buy the whole package for the christening ceremony, such as clothes, shoes, and pay the priest and church costs. But the most important part is that godfather has a firm and lifelong commitment toward his godchildren including his continuous presence as well as gifts and money.