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We celebrate Medieval Wedding, Handfasting and Marriage in the Year 2017

As we start our marriage year in February, we are guests for the name consecration of little Katharina Leonida and her parents Imke-Aïta und Jan near Bremen. In the course of the year, our route will take us to Thuringia, the Swabian Jura, the Hegau and on 21.12 back to the Spree. In the venerable capital, the circle and the pagan marriage year 2017 conclude.

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Pagan Customs: Pelting Millet

With the end of antiquity millet established itself as a staple food throughout Europe. The Greek philosopher Pythagoras advised it and even Attila, king of the Huns, is said to have served solely millet to his guests. The porridge that flows over the edge in Grimm’s well-known fairy tale of the Sweet Porridge (“The Magic Porridge Pot”) consists of millet and millet forms the delicious mountain range of the “land of milk and honey”. Therefore, millet stands as a symbol for food and material prosperity.

Hence a pagan custom was still practiced in the late Middle Ages: Friends and relatives pelt the bridal couple with millet to wish wealth and material blessing for the newly-married couple in this way.

As fruitful, as the millet prospers, wealth and material goods shall grow for the bridal couple and approach them from all sides.

Video about Pelting Millet