Facts from the 1500s

Do you know where the tradition of the bride carrying a bouquet on her wedding day came from? It was because in the 1500’s people got married in June. They chose June because they took their annual bath in May, so they still smelt pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell a bit, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide their body odor.

Do you know where the expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the Bath” came from?

In the 1500’s the family bath was a big tub filled with hot water. There was a strict order, the man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then the sons, then the women and finally the children. Last of all came the babies. The problem was that by this point the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it, especially a baby!

The expression “It’s raining cats and dogs” also came from the 1500s.

To get warm the families pets, the cats and dogs, lived in the roof as houses had thatched roofs of thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It an ideal warm place to live, but when it rained it became slippery, the animals would slip and fall off the roof. So it rained cats and dogs!

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