Confetti’s everywhere in big events? Why, why in big events such as a big sport event, a world cup and a wedding why do we use it, ok we use to make the events more spectacular and the victory more sweeter. The main goal of weddings were to produce children so the crowd would throw symbols of fertility such as wheat grains. The Romans took it a bit further with, they baked the wheat into cakes for the couple. They were to be eaten together and the tradition was known as conferriatio which means eating together. After that cake eating moment, the guests would throw honeyed nuts and dry fruits at the couple, this is where we got our tradition of throwing confettis.
Everybody knows what an engagement is, if you didn’t here is a little bit of info for you. An engagement is a promise to marriage, it is a lead up to the marriage of a promising couple. This happens after the proposal and is also used as preparation time for a marriage. It only happens when the marriage could possibly be very big. Now back to the origins of the engagement ring, which is the feature of this article.
The engagement ring was first introduced by the Venetians, it was a ring with the diamond in the middle of it, it was highly valued because the Venetians had just discovered the rare item that is the Diamond stone. It’s rareness was discovered in the 16th century. Marriage related gifts didn’t include rings until 800 BC, when Pope Nicholas 1 stated that the ring must only been given from a man to woman when marriage was the intent. He had also thought about the possible roadblocks that could come before the marriage. If the man called the wedding off, the jilted bride would keep the diamond ring but if the bride called it off, she would return the ring and be ordered to live in a nunnery.
Have you ever wondered why we hang socks in Christmas and sometimes we get candies in them? According to the legends, the very first gifts St Nicholas gave were to three very poor girls who needed money for their wedding dowries. On Christmas Eve they hung they’re socks to dry by the fireplace but to their surprise. St Nicholas sneaked in their homes and put gold coins to help their dowries. The gold helped those girls to marry the men they loved. This has given us the tradition to hang socks and get goodies but not specially gold. The Italians would put lumps of coal for naughty children.
St Nicholas, he has been the person who has inspired Santa Claus. He has many names, The wonderworker because he has been know to create lots of miracles out of nowhere.