Saturday, September 26, 2015

Wedding Traditions and Superstitions for Good Luck

Threads of superstitions are entwined within many of the traditions surrounding weddings. Why else do we say, the groom shouldn't see the bride before the wedding, or wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something new? Or that rain on your wedding day is thought to bring good luck? It turns out many wedding traditions are tied to good luck or avoiding bad luck.

Carry the Bride Over Threshold

In fact, carrying the bride over the threshold is a popular tradition that was thought to bring luck in a way to the new couple's union. But it didn't start out that way. This tradition started in ancient Rome where the bride had to show that she didn't want to leave her father's home, and so she was dragged across the threshold into the groom's home. This combined with the ancient belief that evil spirits hovered at the threshold to the new home waiting to curse the couple, started the practice of carrying the bride over the threshold so the spirits couldn't enter her body through the soles of her feet. It was a way to turn a "curse" into a "blessing" or bad luck into good. (Though it does leave one wondering whey they didn't worry about the spirits entering the groom).

9 More Wedding Traditions for Luck

  1. Other superstitions thought to bring luck included the bride placing a cube of sugar in her glove on her wedding day to sweeten the union. (I wonder if eating sugar on your wedding day could work? I mean just eat some wedding cake, right?)
  2. And if you see a spider on your wedding dress, celebrate! That's supposed to mean good luck! (Uh, yeah, good luck with that. If I see a spider it's never good. I'd rather go with the superstition that a lady bug brings good luck).
  3. According to English tradition and lore, when it comes to luck the best day of the week to get married is Wednesday and the worse day is Saturday. (Maybe that explains the high divorce rate these days! Saturday is now the most popular day to tie the knot).
  4. And on the gross side of traditions, the ancient Romans studied pig entrails to decide the luckiest time to marry.
  5. Throwing oats, grains, dried corn, (for Czech newlyweds it was peas), and eventually rice, was meant to shower the couple with good fortune, prosperity, and fertility.
  6. Egyptian brides are pinched for good luck.
  7. Middle Eastern brides paint their hands and feet with henna (a beautiful tradition) thought to protect from the evil eye.
  8. A Swedish wedding tradition includes coins in shoes. The bride slips a silver coin from her father in one shoe and a gold coin from her mother in the other. This is to ensure she will never have to do without.
  9. In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside the home of the newly married couple as a symbol of luck and fertility.

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