Mediterranean Bed and Bath Rituals

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By Gladys Pinky D. Tolete

Mediterranean couples practice interesting bed and bath rituals before the wedding.

In Sicily, relatives go to the new home of the couple-to-be two days before the wedding to “make the bed.” The mothers of the couple put money under their respective children’s pillows, while the rest of the bed is dressed with confetti and money to bring prosperity and good fortune.

Meanwhile, in Greece, the matrimonial bed is decorated through a “baby-rolling ceremony.” Babies of friends and family are gently rolled on the to-be-wed’s mattress, which is also strewn with rose petals and money, all to bring fertility and prosperity to the couple. Young, unmarried women also shower the bed with coins, flowers and sugarcoated almond candies called koufetta.

When it comes to baths, Mediterranean brides do not jump into the shower. They treat themselves to a long soak in the tub, which is usually infused with various aromatic oils. This is to ease pre-wedding jitters.

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Source:
The Knot. Traditions & Superstitions: Lucky Charms
The Knot. Global Beauty: Mediterranean Baths.

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