We’re heading to a wedding tonight, and I’m looking outside at the gray clouds overhead and am praying it doesn’t rain on their outdoor plans! Somebody told me recently, however, that rain on a wedding day is actually considered to be good luck. So, curious for this sweet couple, I looked it up. It ends up, good luck rain on a wedding day is a Hindu tradition, as it symbolizes a cleansing and starting fresh. It is also considered lucky because a wet knot is much more difficult to untie than a dry knot, which makes “tying the knot” all the sweeter.
When I looked up this information, I found pages and pages on wedding traditions and superstitions. I thought I’d share a Top 10 list of my favorites with you. This information comes from the popular wedding website, theknot.com.
1o. Peas are thrown at Czech newlyweds instead of rice.
9. A groom carries his bride across a threshold to protect her from evil spirits.
8. Ancient Greeks and Romans thought veils protected from evil spirits. Brides have worn veils ever since.
7. In South Africa, the parents of the bride and groom traditionally carried fire from their hearths to light a new fire in the newlywed’s hearth.
6. A Greek tradition is to put a sugar cube in the bride’s glove to sweeten the union.
5. Snake rings dotted with ruby eyes were popular wedding bands in Victorian England; the coils winding in a circle symbolizing eternity.
4. In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside the newlywed’s home as a symbol of fertility and luck.
3. In Denmark, brides and grooms traditionally cross-dressed to confuse evil spirits.
2. The custom of tiered cakes originated from a game where brides and grooms tried to kiss over the highest cake without knocking it over.
And my #1 favorite tradition from the site……….
1. In Egypt, the bride’s family does all the cooking for a week after the wedding, so the couple can…..relax. 😉
In honor of all of the traditions and superstitions at weddings, my song of the day is Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” Click HERE to go to Youtube to hear Stevie Wonder in the studio in 1973. as I listen to this song today, I am thinking about how all these seemingly weird superstitions are what makes a wedding day filled with character and memories and fun. Bless the superstitions! I love them!