Wednesday, June 15, 2011

June customs

Clay camp was a hoot today, but we need to wait until things dry before firing and glazing, so it will be a while before photos are ready to post.

June has continued to be a popular month to be married based on old customs.  In the 1500's many people took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good yet in June.  However, they were starting to smell a tad, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide body order. Hence the custom of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

This is also where we began the custom of placing flowers on the casket at funerals.  Many funerals and wakes were held in the home before the funeral industry cashed in on grief and things could get a tad ripe before the burial.

Since many of the roofs back then were thatched, there was nothing to really prevent things from dropping into the house.  This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed.  Hence a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection.  That's how canopy beds came into existence.

And that's been our trivia session for the day.

Long Live the Queen of Useless Information

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