Apples, Love and Marriage
∗ The apple also appears as a symbol of love and fertility, even eroticism. By early Greek history, the apple figured in courtship as well as the rites and customs of marriage. For example, the happy couple in the seventh century B.C. might share an apple as a symbol of their marriage and hopes for a fruitful union.
∗ The modern tradition of tossing rice at the happy couple evolved from an ancient practice of throwing apples at weddings − likely to the relief of the newlyweds.
∗ There are a number of traditions involving apple seeds as predictors of marriage that we would declare downright silly today.
∗ The game of apple-bobbing began as a Celtic New Year´s tradition for trying to determine one´s future spouse.
∗ An Irish and Scottish custom prescribed throwing an apple peel over one´s shoulder, which would form the initial of your lover´s name.