Dating customs in ireland
Could you imagine having to continue that into adulthood?
The only good luck factor in that would be if you did not end up with a back injury from heavy lifting.
This is meant for good luck for the lucky (or unlucky, depending on how you see it) birthday child.
Apart from being just a teensy smidge unusual, I guess I can see why this practice loses its steam upon the end of a child’s adolescence.
But cliché instances of the Irish culture aside, with a history dating back all the way from 8000BC, it's no wonder that the it’s found itself as steeped in wonderful and quirky – wonderfully quirky? For example, more than making it merely acceptable, a timeless Irish tradition encourages the practice of lifting the birthday child upside down, holding him up by the legs, and – get this – giving his head a couple of gentle bumps on the floor.
It is alleged that the number of bumps he receives should correspond with the age he will be turning, plus one.
They speak of non-Travellers as “the settled people.” Mistrusted for the most part and not well-understood.
But is that a fair reflection of the Irish dating culture?
Similarly, it became unusual for a couple to be wed in May as this was the traditional start of Summer and was marked by a Pagan feast: Bealtane.