If you live in Denmark, Are Age 25, And Unmarried, Beware

The streets of Denmark are often covered in cinnamon – and it’s part of a long-standing tradition. Here’s the reason. When you turn 25, if you’re unmarried, it is customary in Denmark for your friends and family to cover you in the spice. They don’t go easy on you, either, covering people from head to toe and splashing them with water so the cinnamon sticks better. In Denmark being unmarried on your 25th birthday gives people social license to pelt you with cinnamon. The tradition dates back hundreds of years to when spice salesmen would travel around and remain bachelors because they were never in one place long enough to settle down. Many of these salesmen would never find a partner, and would then be referred to as Pebersvends, which means “Pepper Dudes.” A single woman is thus called a “pepper maiden. This makes sense on your 30th birthday, where the cinnamon gets upgraded to pepper. If they’re feeling super mean, Danes sometimes add eggs to the mix because it “helps with adhesion. Contrary to what the actions suggest, nobody is being judged for still being single at 25. The average age of men getting married in Denmark is 35 and for women it’s 32. So a lot of people get the cinnamon and pepper treatment, it’s all in the name of fun with lots of pictures on friend’s social media….Ed
Source: Lindsay Dodgson /Photo: DasSabrine

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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