winelover2 (winelover2) wrote,

Origins of 'Honey Moon' came from 'honey wine' - mead

During medieval times mead was a main part of a marriage ritual. After the wedding the bride and groom were provided liters of mead to last one full moon. They were encouraged to drink this sweet wine to instill good luck in their marriage. Mead was also believed to promote fertility and virility. From that ritual and belief came the term 'honeymoon'.

The earliest meads were made from honey, water and yeast. Yet honey was among the original sweeteners for wine. Nowadays, some mead is also made with grapes or other fruits.
Tags: honey moon, honey wine, mead
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