Armenia: Breaking Bread
Lavash bread

Want to keep evil spirits far away from your marriage? Balance lavash flatbread on your shoulders. That’s what newly married Armenian couples traditionally do. According to the custom, when the bride and groom enter their wedding reception—typically at the groom’s house—they break a plate for good luck, then are given lavash and honey by the groom’s mother. They balance the bread on their shoulders to ward off evil and eat spoonfuls of honey to symbolize happiness, and then the party really starts.

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