Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? – Γιατί φιλιόμαστε κάτω από το γκι;

 

Σύμφωνα με την παράδοση, εάν ένα ζευγάρι βρεθεί κάτω από γκι, τότε πρέπει να φιληθεί

 

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Kissing under sprigs of mistletoe is a well-known holiday tradition, but this little plant’s history as a symbolic herb dates back thousands of years. Many ancient cultures prized mistletoe for its healing properties. The Greeks were known to use it as a cure for everything from menstrual cramps to spleen disorders, and the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder noted it could be used as a balm against epilepsy, ulcers and poisons.

The plant’s romantic overtones most likely started with the Celtic Druids of the 1st century A.D. Because mistletoe could blossom even during the frozen winter, the Druids came to view it as a sacred symbol of vivacity, and they administered it to humans and animals alike in the hope of restoring fertility. Continue reading

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