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The Honeymoon

The Honeymoon is the traditional holiday taken by newlyweds. It considered as the celebration of marriage involving intimacy, seclusion, romance and tenderness.

The first use of the word honeymoon dates back to the 16th century. The Merriam-Webster dictionary reports the etymology as from “the idea that the first month of marriage is the sweetest” (1546). The term is also said to come from the Norse word “hjunottsmanathr” which means “in hiding”. This came from the ancient Scandinavian practice where the groom would abduct their brides from local villages and keep them in hiding until they were pregnant or until the bride’s family stops searching.

Another theory about the origin of the word honeymoon stems from the ancient Teutons and Babylonian practice of drinking honeyed wine for thirty days after the wedding day. The father of the bride would also feed the groom mead (honey wine) for the first month of marriage. This practice is said to boost the couple’s fertility.

No matter where the term honeymoon came from, we can probably conclude that it is the beginning of the couple’s journey together. It should serve as the time where the couple’s get to know more about each other, adjust to each other, and just enjoy each other’s company. Although the idea that the first month is the sweetest may be true to a certain extent, you can always keep those honeymoon moments alive long after the honeymoon stage.