Thursday, April 05, 2007

Something Blue

"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe".

This is the traditional rhyme associated with brides which has been around for generations. The meaning of the rhyme is about good luck for the brides.

The 'something old' is a symbol of the brides past and usually means a link to her family. 'Something new' is a link to the future, and a symbol of her new life with her husband. 'Something borrowed' is intended to bring good luck to the bride and the item will often be borrowed from a friend or family member. It signifies the passing on of luck and support.

'Something blue' seems to be significant in a few different cultures. The blue colour is associated with the Virgin Mary and symbolises virtue, but in ancient Israel a blue ribbon in the hair of a bride was a sign of fidelity. Finally, the silver sixpence was placed in the brides shoe to bring them wealth in the future.

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