The force of custom and the power of tradition

· 4 October, 2016 · 8:29 am

The Royal Spanish Academy defines tradition as the transmission of news, literary compositions, doctrines, rites or customs from generation to generation. Meanwhile, the custom would be the traditional practice of a collectivity or place. At weddings there is much of this. We completely ignore the origin of many of the things we do, but we maintain their practice by the force of custom and the power of tradition.

For example, why do eggs are brought to the Clarisas Mothers for good weather? This is one of the oldest wedding traditions that are preserved. Probably its origin goes back to the Middle Ages and to the belief that the power of the nuns’ prayers would make the sun shine. Today it is still maintained and couples are welcome to the protection of Santa Clara of Assisi (which, incidentally, has nothing to do with weather) to drive away the rain of their day.

Something old, something new, something blue and something borrowed. Each of these garments or accessories that the bride should wear has a meaning, do you know them? The old refers to the past life, the one left behind to begin a new stage. The new means, of course, the future in common. For its part, the blue color symbolizes fidelity. And the loan from someone happy in their marriage predicts the same success.

And what about the habit of throwing things? For example, throwing rice to the bride and groom at the end of the ceremony represents offspring because this cereal is a symbol of fertility. Or the practice of throwing the bridal bouquet is a way to share with those who take it the same happiness.

We end this list with one of the biggest superstitions in the wedding world. The groom cannot see, under any concept, the wedding dress. Nor the bride with it before the ceremony. Well, actually the couple cannot be seen before the wedding under omen of bad luck and various misfortunes…