This Friday a new movie was released….Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. No I didn’t watch the movie….Not really interested to either. But the movie title did catch my attention. The word “Honeymoon” especially. Just made me wonder where does this word originate from..
Ok honey is something sweet….so it could be a symbol for the good, sweet time spent at the beginning of married life. But isn’t honey got with a lot of difficulty. Isn’t it associated with bee stings? So does it come along with stings???? So drop that line of thought!!
Now the moon…Fine that does stand for beauty and romance…now I’m really definite on that for all the number of “Chaand” songs in Hindi. But again doesn’t the moon have black spots? Doesn’t it go to the no moon state every 30 days or so??? So what’s up!!! I’m confused!!!
So now that my train of thought fails me I decided to google this out. Nothing that old man Google doesn’t know and I really found some interesting stuff. Check this out!!!
1. The origin of this word date back to the times of Babylon. In order to increase the virility and fertility of the newly-weds, the father of the bride would provide his son in law with all the mead (a honey-based drink) he could drink during the first month of the marriage and therefore "moon".
(Way to go father in laws……..!!!)
2. The word honeymoon has its roots in the Norse word "hjunottsmanathr" which was anything but blissful. Northern European history describes the abduction of a bride from neighboring village. It was imperative, that the abductor, the husband to be, take his bride to be into hiding for period of time. His friends assured his and her safe keeping and kept their whereabouts unknown. Once the bride's family gave up their search, the bride groom returned to his people. This folkloric explanation presumably is the origin of today's honeymoon, for its original meaning meant hiding.
( Hey that’s an exciting game!!!)
3. An otherwise trustworthy reference work claims that "it was the custom in ancient times for a newly married couple to drink a potion containing honey on each of the first thirty days - a moon - of their marriage. Attila, king of the Huns, was reputed to have drunk so heavily of this potion that he died of suffocation." This is yet more fantasy. It is true that the Huns were fond of mead, but Attila died the day before his marriage, not after. He was about to be wed to the 15-year-old daughter of the Mayor of Rome.
(I can only imagine her relief.)
So figure it out for yourself guys...