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Back in the Dark Ages


I don't know of any of you are familiar with the term
Chivaree and where it originated. I think it must be a
country French custom and the spelling is undoubtedly
more elegant. Something more like chivaruix.

It is the custom of friends of the bride and groom to wait
until the lights are out in the bridal home and to pounce
on the bride and groom, banging on the door, banging pots
and pans, dunking the bridegroom in water and generally
making a huge nuisance of themselves which terminates in
a party that goes on until dawn.

It happened to newly weds when I was a kid and my mother
and Dad had one after their wedding. I haven't heard of
one in years and Thank God I was spared at my first wedding in l947.

I looked it up and it was called an old Appalachian custom.
However, I think it was more widespread than that. It was supposed to welcome the bridegroom to his new family.
Some welcome, huh!

However, since it apparently happened to everyone, I think it was no surprise and they were prepared with
refreshments and music for dancing. It is strange how
these old customs have faded away. I guess with the cost
of weddings escalating and becoming more elegant, the old
peasant customs have disappeared forever.


posted on Jan 20, 2017 11:20 AM ()

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Since my parents were born in Greece, I am unfamiliar with early customs for weddings in the U.S. It looks like I was spared. I did hear about "bundling" though, where courting couples were allowed to spend the night together but each swathed in bed clothes with no freedom of movement.
comment by tealstar on Jan 21, 2017 1:07 PM ()
I think it goes to show that all old customs aren't necessarily good. Although as yo say, if it was expected it was probably just business as usual.
comment by jjoohhnn on Jan 20, 2017 12:08 PM ()
I think you were probably right...If you expected it, it must have been
fun.
reply by elderjane on Jan 20, 2017 4:33 PM ()
That's funny, this is not what I thought the post would be about, when I saw the title. Unless you're suggesting we should shove Trump into the reflecting pool.
comment by drmaus on Jan 20, 2017 11:38 AM ()
... without a paddle.
reply by tealstar on Jan 21, 2017 1:07 PM ()
I have tried all day not to think about the inauguration. I turned the
tv on to Turner Classic movies and then after four hours, I changed to
AMC and I am going to change it again in a few minutes. ted cannot bear
to watch it either. I so want him and his family gone from America.
reply by elderjane on Jan 20, 2017 4:36 PM ()

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