|I guess we can say that most folks are almost giddy about the official start of the summer activities. Well, I am ready to burst with excitement about all of the possibilities. So much to do, and so many places to go . . . I know, I know, no more coffee until I finish this article . . . whew.
June has been a special time of the year throughout history.
It seems that the Roman Goddess Juno was Queen of Heaven and Guardian of Marriage and ruled childbirth. Even today, June is still a favorite month for marriages.
We also get the term "honeymoon" from the month of June because it is only in this month that was see the orangish color of the full moon which resembles that of the color of honey. The term also has roots in the northern nations of Europe and in Babylon dating back some 4,000 years. It was customary for newly married couples to drink milheglin after the marriage. This is a kind of mead/wine made from honey. This was done for a period of about thirty days (or 1 lunar month). From this custom grew the term "honey month" or "honeymoon."
|An alternate explanation is reflected in the Norse word "hjunottsmanathr." Northern European history describes the kidnap of a bride from a neighboring village. It was necessary that the abductor take his bride-to-be into hiding for a period of time, until her family stopped searching for her. His friends protected their safe keeping and kept their whereabouts unknown. Once the bride's family gave up their search, or when she was pregnant, the bride groom returned to his people to arrange a "bridal price." Its original meaning of honeymoon is thus "hiding."
There is still another version of the June bride, wedding, and honeymoon tradition that is a bit less romantic, but clearly a more practical explanation. This by far is my favorite. . . .
In most of the northern hemisphere, the winter and spring chill can linger until May. Thus, dirty field work would last until the spring chores were completed, after which the planning for the annual bath would take place in late May, or early June. Soooooo, while the participants were, can we say, less seasoned, and more sensual, it made the Wedding and after math more conducive to honey cuddling . . . smile.