The tradition of wedding loaf
Wedding traditions of the world are very diverse, but baking bread in honor of marriage is an obligatory ritual in many countries. The caravan is not just called a piece of sweet dough, decorated with flowers, berries and leaves, this treat takes an honorable place on the wedding table. Once upon a time, it was not easy for people to feed their families. Often there were droughts, wars, as well as other circumstances that taught them to appreciate all food, and first of all - bread. He is the great-great-grandfather of modern wedding cake.
That symbolizes the wedding loaf
The round form of this wedding treat was compared with the main heavenly luminary, which people worshiped in Russia, and bread was always a sign of fertility and a rich life. It is a real Russian wedding tradition. which came to us from our distant ancestors, the Gentiles. Handing the newlyweds a loaf, they believed that Yarilo, the sun god, was taking over a new family under his care.
"Wedding" - such a name was given by our great-great-grandmothers who punish, which they baked in honor of the wedding. If someone had expressed a desire to marry, but was still too young for that, they could have said about him: "His loaf has not yet been put off." To the wedding bread people treated as a sacred object and believed that it would help the young to overcome all adversity. That is why the process of making it is a kind of sacred rite.
To knead the dough for wedding bread was trusted only by a married woman who had children and was happy in marriage, and a married man sent him to the oven. Those who were single or widowed were by no means allowed to the sacrament of this ceremony. The loaf was always baked with magnificent and large. People believed that a large wedding bread would bring a comfortable and happy life for the young.
Sometimes it came to that, had to remove a few bricks to get it out of the oven. When it was time to make the wedding a loaf of very large size, for its production were invited several women that are in the process of read prayers. It is believed that this bread has mystical powers and very special beliefs and traditions.
To date, this custom is almost out of everyday use and its place was taken by products ordered in confectioneries. But the real masters, relatives of future newlyweds, will surely be happy to present the bride and groom a gift made with her own hand from the heart. If you decide to please the young with such a pleasant surprise, then you will find a recipe for a honeymoon for the newlyweds.
Wedding loaf: traditions
- The bread prepared for the wedding was guarded as the apple of the eye. It must be covered with a special towel and not allowed to look at it to strangers.
- During the solemn feast of the loaf should be in the place of honor
- Before you start to divide the loaf should bestow gifts to young parents, it should be the bride.
- Young should break off a piece from the top of the wedding bread, from whom he gets bigger, he becomes head of the family.
- The remains of the wedding loaf break into pieces or cut with a knife and then distributed to all the attending guests. Better if it is to do with the baby.
- In any case it is impossible to abandon the loaf, it is disrespectful to the newlyweds.
- It is considered that decoration of the wedding bread will definitely help an unmarried girl to become a happy marriage.
- A small piece of the bread received at the wedding, you can store for many years. When soldiers went to war, he was wrapped in cloth and he defended the man from bullets and all sorts of troubles.
Who needs to meet young with a loaf
Traditionally, ritual bread is kept by the groom's mother during a meeting of the young, after their marriage was officially registered. Many years ago, after the wedding, the bride was supposed to move to live in her husband's house and her mother-in-law met her son's young wife with bread and salt. Nowadays a new family often moves to a separate place after the wedding, so parents meet them at the entrance to the banquet hall, where a festive feast will be held. In addition to the wedding caravan, the parents keep the image of the Savior, to whom the young family is blessed.
The mother of the groom (mother-in-law), according to an old custom, says parting words to the bride and groom. They can be in verse or in prose, for example:
Dear children! Your wedding day is a sunny moment in your life. We whole-heartedly wish that you were happy together. And as a sign of parental blessing, take this loaf. He serves as a symbol of love and prosperity, and the salt on it is a warning that everything in the family life is not all sweet. To overcome all the difficulties on your way, eat caravans, let the heat that it keeps in itself, will forever remain in your hearts. Let your home always be cozy, it will be filled with love, prosperity, children's laughter and good friends. Advice to you, but love!
Usually, the speech is prepared in advance, but from excitement and joy, the learned text is often forgotten. Do not get lost and get upset about this. After all, the mother's words spoken for children over the wedding caravan, coming from the heart and soul, will become for the young the best wish and parental blessing.
After the young people had tasted the wedding bread, they received congratulations and instructions from their parents, they invited the guests who came to their celebration for the festive table. It is worth remembering that the salt that was brought along with the loaf should be poured into a small tissue bag and hidden behind an icon with which the parents blessed the young. And decorate the icon with a towel, on which stood the wedding bread. This amulet will protect family members from various misfortunes.