Honeymoons

Whenever you have to prepare for your wedding day there is another thought that still doesn’t let you be: honeymoon . This event is known to be a traditional holiday that the newly weds take in order to introduce their newly bound-to-marriage relationship to the life of ‘getting used to’.

Being a newly wed is a status that differs from the one you had prior to the marriage, and in this respect honeymoons have been created to get the couple used to their new status: of married persons. The habit to go on a honeymoon shortly after getting married is very old; references about it have been made  in Deuteronomy reading that whenever a man is getting married he should be exempt  from any other common duty and let him enjoy the new life with his wife for a period of time.

In its original stages, honeymoon, as the name implies, had something to do with the first days after marriage when everything is sweet and honey; an early record of it is in 1546 with the English terms of ‘honey’ and ‘moon’.

In the Western culture, newlywed couple would go in a ‘bridal tour’, sometimes even accompanied by family and/or friends, visitng the relatives who weren’t able to attend the wedding celebration. This sort of English practice (replicating the Indian elite) started to spread to European continent becoming known in France as “voyage a la facon Anglaise” (translating as voyage in an English-style).

Honeymoons, as being seen in their modern style, have been spread during the Belle Epoque as the first example of modern mass tourism. This came as an attempt to diminish the public attention that honeymoon was revealed to them: as a way of sexual initiation.  In the late 1800s, the most favored place to run the honeymoons were the destinations such as Italy and French Riviera.

The etymology of the word is conferred by the MeririamWebster dictionary saying that the first month of the marriage is the sweetest. Another recent citation contained in Oxford English Dictionary shows that while nowadays honeymoons have a positive and constructive meaning, in the past they were originating referring to the waning of love seen as a phase of the moon.

In a lot pf places in Europe, the newly wed, right after the wedding celebration were presented with enough mead to last fore a month, this one ensuring the wedded couple fertility and happiness. You should know that since the word is related indeed to an entire month of happy newly wed couple, the Persian word has both translations of ‘honey month’ and ‘honey moon’.

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Posted in: Honeymoon by Alyx | August 20th 2010 | no comments

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