The time of a moon to live the first sweetness of love. This is the meaning of the honeymoon, of that golden period that the tradition is followed by the wedding day. But how did this tradition?
The time of a moon to live love
In the classical world the man kidnapped the woman, in reality or only symbolically, and the rape foreshadowed the marriage. In the modern world, after the ceremony, the newlyweds seem kidnap each other, to enjoy a long intimacy. In short, more than the banquet and gifts, wedding rings and wedding favors, cake and comfits, the white dress and the bouquet, is the journey that changes the status of the betrothed and returns changed them, husband and wife.
The departure and the return, therefore always characterized the wedding traditions of the entire West, but it is only in the early nineteenth century, with the rise of tourism, which this ancient rite of passage has become the honeymoon. It’s then, in fact, that the European aristocracy and high bourgeoisie discover the pleasure of knowing and excited traveling by land and sea, thanks to the new means of transport. Just be rich and choose well the goals.
From the Riviera to Switzerland, by the Italian lakes to the Venetian lagoon, from Austria to the spa towns in Bohemia, from Paris to Lourdes. As the fashion of the honeymoon spreads and, with the turn of the twentieth century, from the luxury honeymoon of a few becomes the dream of many.
In Italy Fascism understands the importance of this great vehicle of knowledge, consumption and identity construction. The honeymoon is an experience in which the two young people become husband and wife, but mainly an Italian couple. The fascist government in fact provides facilitations and simplifications for this trip that most often remains the only life.
Thus, the petty-bourgeois the popular couple mix with honeymoon travel another ancient practice: the pilgrimage. Points underlined by the fascist country such as Rome, Florence and Venice, or overseas colonies mingle with places of faith: St. Peter’s in Rome, the shrines of Loreto, Pompeii and Assisi. In the Italy of the Second World War, the honeymoon is now massively entered into desire and imagination of all engaged couples, regardless of their economic status, social and cultural.
Soon, next to European destinations and to domestic ones, they are beginning to establish themselves new, more distant destinations such as the Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles.
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