Testing A Lover's Love By Cracking Of Nuts
Category: RHAMANTA, OR OMEN SEEKING.
Source: Welsh Folk-lore
This divination is common to many countries, but the writer knows that it
is resorted to on All Hallows Eve in Denbighshire by young ladies,
partly, it may be in fun, and partly in earnest. The plan of proceeding
is as follows:--Nuts are placed on the bars of the fire grate, equal in
number to the young lady's lovers, and the nut that cracks first, and
jumps off the bar, represents her true love. She has, of course fixed in
her mind the lover each nut stands for. So common is this test that in
the North of England All Hallows Eve is called Nutcrack night.
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