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Wedding folklore, myths and good-luck charms

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Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 10:00 pm

Who doesn't hope for good fortune on their wedding day? That's why there are so many traditions and steps people take to ensure luck is smiling down on them for their wedding. Here are some traditions you may not have known about.

  • According to Greek culture, tuck a sugar cube into your glove on your wedding. The sugar will sweeten your union.
  • English tradition says that Wednesday is the best day to marry. Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health.
  • The groom carries his newly betrothed across the threshold to protect her from evil spirits.
  • Hindu tradition says rain on your wedding day is good luck.
  • For good luck, Egyptian women are known to pinch the bride on her wedding day.
  • In Holland a pine tree is planted outside of the newlyweds' home for good luck and fertility.
  • A law in 1775 said a wedding was not legal if the bride wore makeup during the ceremony.

* Wedding and engagement rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was long believed a vein ran from that finger directly to the heart.

* Ancient Greeks and Romans said a wedding veil protected the bride from evil spirts. It has been a tradition to wear a veil ever since.

* The term "tie the knot" comes from Roman times when the bride wore a girdle tied in knots that the groom was later able to untie. Some also believe it refers to the knots of rope that were tied to form the marriage bed.

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