Testing A Lover's Love By Cracking Of Nuts

: 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.