In Poland the bride's eyes are covered with a veil, and she is led blindfolded to all the doors of her new home. In days gone by the Polish bride went to church preceded by her lady friends attired m long red veils. After the service, her mouth was anointed with honey, and her eyes blindfolded with her veil, and she was thus led to her home. In some parts of Russia, on the evening of the wedding day, a feast celebrates the event, when the bride wears a veil, and she is separated from her husband at the table by a curtain. In the Christian Church of AbyssinU, the wife has to wear a black veil as a covering for her face for six weeks. In modern Egypt a woman ip never seen by her future husband until after the marriage ceremony and she is always veiled. A Jewish bride's Veil covers not only her face, but her whole body. Layard,in his "Nineveh and Babylon,""describes a marriage ceremony, near Nimroud, when the bride covered from head to foot by a tbick veil, was escourted to the bridegroom's house. On arrival there she was placed behind a curtain m a darkened room for three days while the guests feasted. After three days had elapsed the bridegroom was allowed to approach her. In Turkey a bride m always veiled eight days before her marriage and she is not to be seen otherwise) even before the relations of her intended husband. In Greece, m the early part of this century, the bride wore a long transparent veil, which entirely concealed her features. Her veil was taken off when she arrived at the bridegroom's house.
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Bridal Veils., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2485, 7 August 1890
Bridal Veils. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2485, 7 August 1890
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