Why do we just blindly accept that June is the month to marry? Why is it almost a must for a bride to carry flowers down the aisle?
Well, here at Texansunited.com, we did a little homework, and although we can’t promise you are our answers are 100% correct, we do want to share our findings with you.
Apparently back about the 1500s and before, it was common for people to take their yearly bath in the month of May. Now just why they didn’t bathe and marry at the same time is beyond me, but apparently they bathed and then did wedding preparations, making the accepted month to marry June.
Since a month after the bath the bride was beginning to have a slight odor, the custom of carrying flowers down the aisle was begun to cover that slight smell. The custom has continued to live.
Of course, a bath was a little different in the 1500s than it is today. You already know that a large tub was hand-filled on bath day, but you may not know that it was, of course, the man who was granted the first bath, which means that he had the clean water.
The order of bathers was then the sons, the women, the children, and the finally the babies, who were bathed in the filthy water that was left, and you guessed it…we still use the old expression, “Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water” because of this very custom.
The water was so dirty and thick with grime that it was said that one could actually lose a baby in it!
Another interesting expression derived from this time period and still used today concerns cats and dogs or the fact that it is raining them. While on a visit to Old Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, I was told the reason for this saying.
It seems that the early houses of the day had thatched roofs, which were just straw that was piled high on the top of the house with no wood underneath it. In those very cold winters, that thatch provided the only warmth and shelter for small animals; however, when it rained, the thatch became extremely slippery and it was common for the animals to slide right off of the roof.
Thus, it rained cats and dogs!