Stories behind the expression tying the knot

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We all use the word tie the knot while referring to a marriage ceremony. But have you ever thought about the origins of the usage?


According to many, the usage comes from the Roman culture. In the ancient Rome as part of the wedding ceremony the bride's mother would tie up the girl's girdle (undergarments) in a tight knot so that the groom had to untie these knots tied by the mother of the bride prior to consummating the marriage.

Another reason is the ancient Celtic marriage custom of tying the hands of bride and groom together as a marriage contract.




There was also a Greek custom of tying the garments of the couple by a priest to symbolise the marriage.


Another English custom is the tying the hands of the bride and groom together until they consummate their marriage.


During the war the soldiers or sometimes sailors would send a piece of a rope to the women they love as a symbol of a marriage proposal, if the women sent the rope back with a knot it means they have accepted the proposal.




Some even say that the usage refers to the Indian custom of tying the sacred thread around the bride's neck as a symbol of marriage. Another Hindu custom is tying the bride and groom’s clothes (the pallu of the bride’s saree or dupatta and the dupatta of the groom’s sherwani) together before they take the ceremonial circles around the fire.



The ancient Carthaginian people also tied the thumbs of the bride and groom using a leather lace to symbolise marriage.


Whatever is the story behind the origin of the term, the word is now rampantly used to represent marriage ceremony.





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