Sunday, 24 January 2010

Lucky Horseshoe


Horseshoe is one of the good luck charms at wedding ceremony.

Why brides carry horseshoe is not clear.  It is believed to stem from St Dunstan who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 959. 

He was a former blacksmith managed to outwit the devil.  The devil was thought to have asked Dunstan to shoe his hoof. 

Dunstan had realised his customer was the devil and nailed the shoe on as painfully as he could. 
Dunstan only agreed to remove the shoe and release the devil after he promised never to enter a place where a horseshoe as hung over the door. 

Hence the term "Lucky Horseshoe".

The horseshoe is also thought to help with fertility and be sure to hold the shoe up the correct way (like a U rather than an N!) or all the luck is supposed to fall out. 

It's usually the children at the wedding that giving a bride horseshoe as she leaves the wedding ceremony venue.

I have seen a horseshoe selling in the upside down position!  Make sure when purchasing it is the correct way otherwise BAD LUCK!!!

Horseshoes were originally made from iron, but nowadays brides carry it which is made of satin and variety of decorations.

I find different shapes as hearts, slippers and umbrellas are on the web site.  But I couldn't find the traditional meaning of these items for weddings.

Anyone interested to have iron horseshoe or other shapes instead of traditional horseshoe???

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