4. Bachelorette parties have not been celebrated before
Many people think that the tradition of hen and stag parties, in order to finally break away before the wedding, has appeared in modern times. But this is a myth. Previously, bachelorette parties were also arranged – with songs and dances. Moreover, it was allowed to invite the groom with friends to this event. True, the bachelorette parties were not as wild as they are now.
3. The bride was “buried” alive before the wedding
It's true. For many years in Russia there was such a rite, designed to appease the spirits of ancestors and show them that the bride does not leave her kind of good will. In addition, after such a “death”, she should have been born as a married woman. The bride was washed three times, “conducting” her in this way through the worlds of the dead, the living and the gods. But, of course, no one buried the girl in the ground. Before the ceremony, the future wife was covered with a shroud, which could only be removed by the newly-made husband. So the modern veil, apparently, bears traces of gloomy symbolism. It was obligatory for the bride to mourn her fate bitterly, even if she was happy to be married.
2. Wedding marches have not been played before
This myth is connected with the fact that Mendelssohn's march was written only in 1842, and began to sound at weddings even later. But in Russia, even without any Mendelssohns, they had their own wedding melodies. True, the actual marches appeared only when musical instruments came into use (the first were psaltery, flutes, pipes, rattles). Before that, they sang wedding and other ritual songs – their own for each stage of matchmaking and celebrations.
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1. The bride and groom were not fed at the wedding
It's true. During the wedding feast, the bride and groom could not eat a crumb, except to bite off a piece from the wedding loaf. All the treats were intended for the guests, and the newlyweds began to be fed with wedding dishes after the wedding night.