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Pig Dance

In the Pig Dance, several male wedding guests (who are close friends or relatives of the people marrying) enter the reception room carrying a roasted pig. The pig is carried into the room on a silver platter. The men who are not carrying the pig are instead holding bottles of wine, forks, and knives. They go from table to table demanding “payment.” The wedding guests place cash (often large bills) on the silver platter, which goes towards funding the costs of the wedding.

Is this activity known by any other names?

Macedonian Pig Dance; Greek Pig Dance

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

A Macedonian wedding tradition from Macedonia and Greece. Macedonian and Greek immigrants brought over this tradition to Canada and the United States. Many Greeks came to Toronto in the late 1950s and settled in the Danforth area.

Who takes part?

Men at Macedonian and Greek weddings.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Only occurs at weddings.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?


Cultural Significance

The Pig Dance is one aspect of the traditional Macedonian wedding reception, and some Greeks from the area around Macedonia may incorporate this tradition too.

Is there anything else we should know?




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