Friday, November 21, 2008

Traditions and Symbols of the Weddings

Traditions and Symbols of the Weddings

The 4 Elements:
On the day of his union, the bride can respect this tradition that it wants for a successful marriage, four electives, which can be a garment, fabric, etc, but which have characteristics:

- One of these elements must be old (a jewel of the family more often),
- Another must be new,
- Another must be borrowed,
- Another must be blue.

This tradition comes from England in the late 19th century ( "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue").And its meaning is as follows:
- The "old": it characterizes the family relationship of the bride and her life until marriage. For this is often a family jewel old who is chosen by the bride.
- The "new": It characterizes the success and success for life to come.To do this, it is often the wedding dress that is chosen by the bride.
- The "borrowed" It characterizes the luck and happiness for the future married couple.To do this, it is often an accessory has already been raised, the day of his wedding, a bride happy and satisfied, which is chosen by the bride.
- The "blue": It characterizes the purity and faithfulness in marriage. For this is often a discreet accessory (handkerchief, ...) which is chosen by the bride.

The Bride
It is still customary today, that the bride should be held to the left of her future husband during the various stages of the day.This ancient tradition stems from the time the man passed a sheet on the head of the woman of his choice for the kidnap, and where he was sometimes cross swords with men of his family or other contenders: In taking the bride with his left hand (and knowing that the majority are right), it left his right hand and available for use his sword.
In addition, the bride often crosses the threshold of the marital home in the arms of her husband. This tradition comes from a legend, time of the Roman Empire, who said that any woman stumbling, entering for the first time as the wife in the home, her marriage would run from the disaster: The bear this helps prevent and ward off bad luck as well.
The Garter.
The garter, a symbol of authority chamanistiques could go back to the Paleolithic era.In some cave paintings, we see dancers wearing garters.For some, it might even be a relationship between the garter for the bride, fairies containing magical powers and the Order of the Garter:

If in prehistory, it was a symbol of magical powers, the garter denotes also a high social rank in the ancient cult of witches and myths have turned into a magical amulet in all legends and fairy tales where it appears.

In fact, the garter symbolizes the mystery, especially virginity.Among the Hebrews, it was said that the blue and white colors are symbols of love, purity and fidelity. The future brides were encouraged to wear a garter to those colors.

Finally, The Order of the Garter, the most important British order of chivalry, and one of the most prestigious in the world, is considered the highest reward for loyalty and military merit.This order is based on an incident that allegedly occurred in the 14th century, while the King Edward III of England danced with the Countess of Salisbury: The Countess of garter fell to the floor and after that the king has gathered, he would have committed to its own leg.The garter was a ribbon of dark blue velvet, embroidered roses gilded chains and bordered in gold.In this Order, it was worn by the ladies on the left arm and the knights below the left knee.

Today, the tradition of the garter of the bride "for sale" stems from the fact that guests well before the onset of wedding lists, had to participate financially, to start in the lives of newlyweds.Even if, over time, the average age of marriage is changing significantly, before, younger spouses do not refused financial assistance. Times have changed, it is true that today the tradition of the garter lost a little ...
The Dagrees
The tradition of dragees is not linked to religion: They're found at all family celebrations and dragée remain a tradition very much alive.It began with the kernel in Ancient Greece, it dipped in honey before the tasting.This is a Greek legend associated almonds with love: A young Greek man, who would marry the woman he loved, due before the wedding, return to Athens where his father had just died.He promised to return his beloved to the date of marriage, but felt badly needed time to travel, it returned three months later.During this time, the young woman, convinced that his love is not coming back, is to die by hanging.Gods, touched by this show of love so intense, then transformed into the almond tree which begins to bloom when the young man offered him his eternal love ... From the 16th century, it made a huge consumption of sugared almonds.The monarchs themselves have a groove in the pocket.In 1651, Colbert, minister and founder of the Academy of Sciences, noted that it is in Verdun a large trade dragees.At that time, it offers all coated in Princely Court of Europe ... It was at Verdun in 1220, that are manufactured the first dragees.By then, the dragees are sold to pregnant women by apothecaries, as beneficial for their pregnancy.
Dragée symbolize therefore mainly the guarantee of eternal love, fertility and offspring to newlyweds.The guests prevail as a souvenir, and those who could not attend the marriage will receive the testimony of the affection of married.It is also a way to prolong the festivities.
The Alliance
When we got married, we alliance, it joins life for better or for worse.Hence the name "alliance" given to the ring exchanged during the marriage.
The alliance, as the engagement ring elsewhere (engagement ring only for women, because during the engagement, there is no alliance, but just a promise of marriage), is traditionally brought to the ring left finger which, according to a legend of Ancient Egypt, is placed on the path of "Vena Amoris" ( "Vein of Love") that leads directly to the heart ...
In fact, it comes from the fact that the 17th century, at a Christian marriage, the priest who officiated at the ceremony, after touching, one after the other, the first three fingers of his left hand , The thumb, index and middle finger (on behalf of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit), then came the fourth finger, the ring, he chose as for the alliance.
Like the rings that were ancient iron, alliances are always quite sober today: It may be in yellow gold, white gold, silver, and are sometimes crimped precious stone.

Start the rice:
Throwing rice out of the church symbolizes prosperity and fertility to the newlyweds.That was an ancient pagan rite to start seeds on the newlyweds, seeds whose strength and especially their fertility would be automatically transferred ...
Nowadays, confetti and petals, in addition to significant visual effect, also known to remove "bad spirits" away from young husband.

The Veil
While it is true that the word "veil" is more often used to describe a woman in mourning, and that this tradition is lost gradually, some brides are coming again "veiled" up to the altar the church.
This tradition of the veil could come from the ancient times when man passed a sheet on the head of the woman of his choice for the kidnap, "custom" which would then be converted at the time of arranged marriages, to a used to hide the face of the bride until the couple was officially engaged.Thus, the physical should not be taken into account for marriage.
De nos jours, à la fin des cérémonies, la mariée qui porte un voile en tulle, le découpe en rubans assez longs et les distribue aux femmes célibataires présentes, en gage de leur mariage prochain. Today, at the end of ceremonies, the bride who wears a veil tulle, cutting the ribbons long enough and distributes them to single women present, pledging their marriage next.

The Chamber pot:
It would be a totally traditional Franco-French, somewhat obsolete today, but that has not changed much over the years.This comes straight from the region aveyronnaise, and was practiced in Britain and Savoy, before being taken up by other French regions.
In fact, the wedding day, the newlyweds walking on a cart pulled by a donkey, taking the chamber pot, announcing the "ceremony" to villagers ( "Dance of the ass").Then, the day after the marriage, early in the morning, young people began to search married, who had overshadowed, to provide the chamber pot: This is the race Married. Young people panellists were divided into 2 groups, one being in charge of facilitating the escape of newlyweds, and the other to find the married, going to move all the houses in the village to be offered to drink.The race was successful when, after drinking well see, the second group managed to find the married.The young husband should be well hidden, but the tradition they were still caught up: So they were out of bed and had to drink the chamber pot.The bride drank first and then the groom, and guests present.The chamber pot was of great importance: He was married to reinvigorate after their wedding night.It symbolized the end of the marriage and the change of status of newlyweds, which finally became adults.
The income of chamber pot vary depending on the tastes and regions.There are often bananas, chocolate, various alcohols, spices, bread ..., sometimes with toilet paper, which is not unlike what is usually in a chamber pot ...

Some symbols:
- The Daisies and roses: In the Middle Ages, when the hand of a lady was sought, this woman could wear a crown of daisies, indicating that it took time to consider the application, or a crown of roses, indicating that it accepted the request of her future husband.

- The Stones:
- The Doves symbolize monogamy: These birds are monogamous couples together for life, and are an example of absolute loyalty.

- Colors: White symbolizes the virginity, blue symbolizes loyalty, gray symbolizes the long-distance travel, green symbolizes modesty, black symbolizes the rejection of marriage, and yellow symbolizes adultery.
- The Ivy symbolizes the commitment and eternal love: It comes from always green foliage and its propensity to set high where it grows. Video:What Women Want - A Symbol Of Love

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