It is also a part of wedding custom – still used in european countries – In Germany, it is called “Polterabend“, in Slovakia – we have no name or event for it – we just do break the porcelain on weddings.
In Germany, the friends comes to a bride’s parent house already 1 day or some days before marriage and everybody brings his own piece of old porcelain. Then, it is supposed to be throwing against the wall or on the ground. The marriage couple suppose to clean it.
Glass and mirrors can not be broken. Broken glass stands for happiness and should not be broken. Broken mirror brings seven years bad luck. Flowerpots, ceramics and even toilet bowls are happily thrown items.
This custom can be actively customized – it is possible to do it also during the wedding ceremony – this is how we do it in Slovakia.
Where is the origin of this old custom? Some says it comes from Germanic tribes. Some says it is Heathen ritual of the shattering of clay sacrifice altars after a sacrifice to the gods to be responsible.
Anyhow – we keep maintain this old customs and with each generation – little adjustments are done – like on our belgo-slovakian wedding – with hammer and flying flowerpots
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