We live in a diverse world, which means that every country, continent or region has different customs, cultures and traditions. And while these beliefs may seem strange to outsiders, people who believe in them are consistently committed to them. One such strange tradition is followed in Denmark, where unmarried people are bathed with cinnamon powder.
Cinnamon is a spice commonly used in food. But why do people get baths in herbs? According to The Telegraph report, as the Danes celebrate their 25th birthday, their families are showering them with cinnamon. This may seem like punishment for not being able to settle down and get married by age 25, but it’s just another chance to fool and mess with people.
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You may think that cinnamon is only lightly sprinkled on people turning 25, but the truth is that they are bathed in cinnamon from head to toe and sometimes splashed with water to help the cinnamon stick. Sometimes eggs are mixed with cinnamon to increase the pleasure so that cinnamon sticks to the body.
One man told The Telegraph that this tradition dates back hundreds of years when vendors selling spices traveled from one city to another. And because of this, they did not find marriage partners and remained single for a long time. Such male sellers were called pepper dudes (Pebersvends), while women were called pepper maidens (Pebermø).
Although this tradition is still followed in Denmark, people do not judge others who have failed to find a partner and settle down before the age of 25. There is no rush for early marriage in Danish society. The average age for men to get married here is 34 and a half years, while that for women is 32 years.
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