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Meet Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher of North Carolina. They've been married for 86 years and hold the Guinness World Record for the longest marriage of a living couple. Zelmyra is 101 years old and Herbert is 104. They have 5 children, 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and even 1 great-great grandchild!
After 86 years, they still live in the home where they raised their five children, sleep in different bedrooms, and love each other all the same.
A heartwarming story of true love!
Here is a selection of interesting and unusual historical facts about Ancient Roman weddings.
- Ancient Romans studied pig entrails to determine the luckiest time to marry.
- In 860 A.D., Pope Nicholas I pronounced that an engagement ring was a required statement of nuptial intent. He also insisted that engagement rings be made of gold, which signified a financial sacrifice on the part of the prospective husband.
- It is because of Pope Innocent III that the custom of having both an engagement ring and a wedding ring exists. During the 13th century, he instituted a waiting period between engagement and marriage, and also insisted that a ring be used in the wedding ceremony. Before that, rings were used to seal an engagement only (as well as other important agreements).
- In ancient Rome, Augustus (63 B.C.-A.D. 14) passed drastic laws compelling people to marry and penalised those who remained single.
- Ancient Romans thought the veil protected the bride from evil spirits, and brides have worn veils ever since.
- "Tie the knot" comes from Roman times, when the bride wore a belt tied with a knot known as the “Knot of Hercules”, which only her husband could untie after the ceremony.
- The Roman goddess Juno rules over marriage, the hearth, and childbirth, hence the popularity of June weddings.
- A Roman girl was considered ready for marriage at the age of 12, though 14 was the standard for both bride and groom.
- A lucky day for the wedding was carefully chosen to avoid any ill omens. June was an especially favoured month, while marriages in February and May were forbidden.
- Marriage ceremonies typically ended with a kiss, because in ancientRomea kiss was a legal bond that sealed contracts, and marriage was seen as a contract.