Last night I read one of those Facebook posts that pops up on my feed that I cannot seem to avoid clicking on. This one was about hygiene during the medieval period that our ancestors lived through I had heard/read about most of the inconveniences like no bathrooms, no indoor plumbing and no laundry detergent as well as throwing potty pot contents out the window. ….and then I got to the part about carrying poseys in your pocket ala ring around the rosy, pocket full of posies and wearing a nosegay because of the stench of live unwashed bodies as well as thosedeceased. The nosegay on your wrist so you could have a whiff of something that smells good.
…and then my mind fast forwarded to modern day weddings and proms. While I understand traditions have changed and the reasons for prom dates and brides and grooms to carry/wear flowers for accessories now, I wonder how many know that the original reason for these traditions originated out of necessity for stench….
What’s more…..apparently tradition is changing as we speak. The groom and groomsmen wearing a boutonnière of a flower to match the bride’s bouquet as a connection between the two is now making way for the men to wear things like hearts on their lapel and feathers in their pocked to match the “theme” of the wedding. I’m getting old but it just seems so complicated….yet this new protocol which is flourishing on Pinterest seems like a positive way to go considering history and all.
Until next time……
Aren’t traditions fascinating?