June has always been a popular month to get married especially in the Western countries. In fact, June is a favourite month for prospective couples to get into wedlock. Apart from the fact that June is the month when the temperature becomes optimal and there is an abundance of flowers, there are other auspicious reasons for opting for a June Marriage.
Tradition of June
The month of June is dedicated to Juno, the Roman Goddess of marriage and fertility. In fact, the word June has been derived from Juno. Thus, it is believed that couples getting married in the month of June would be blessed with a happy married life and get prosperity in their future with each other. June was the most favoured month to get married among Roman women because Juno was believed to be the protector of marriage and love. Even though the Roman empire is long dead and buried, their traditions regarding marriage is still very popular in the modern world as is the case with June Marriage.
June is considered a lucky month to get married according to astrologists. It is often said that the life of couples having a June Marriage would be like a long honeymoon. The June bride is also considered to be generous, thus adding to the bliss of married life.
The Tradition Of Annual Bath
The medieval practice of annual bath used to take place in the month of May or June. This implies that in those times people used to take bath only once a year, unlike the daily bath we take in the modern times. Therefore, getting married in the month of June just after the annual bath was widely preferred by the couples to look clean and fresh during the wedding ceremonies. This is the reason why June is also associated with cleanliness and hence a good month for the wedding.
Tradition of Harvest
In the medieval times, June Marriage was also tied to harvest. This is because marriage in the month of June meant that the child would be conceived early in the harvest season. Hence, after conceiving the wife would be available to help with the harvesting without being weighed down by pregnancy. Similarly, a spring birth would give enough time to the wife to recover from the rigours of childbirth, and she will be able to participate in the next year’s harvest in good health. In a nutshell, marriages in June were preferred so that pregnancy does not hamper the wife’s physical labours required for harvesting.
In the Roman traditions, the month of May was considered unlucky for marriages because the Festival of Goddess of Chastity and Feast of the Dead were held in that month. Therefore, the month of May is still considered unlucky by many people all over the world as it is thought to bring bad luck to the couple. Consequently, June is chosen as the most suitable month for marriage.
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