Residence: Los Angeles, California
Date of Performance/Collection: 4/15/2018
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Western Armenian
After a wedding ceremony, the groom breaks a plate by stomping it with his heel. The number of pieces that it breaks into is supposed to signify the number of happy years that the married couple will have together.
The informant learned this saying from his wife’s family, who insisted that he perform the tradition at his wedding. He suspects that the tradition is originally Russian-Armenian, but he isn’t sure.
He doesn’t believe that the number of pieces the plate breaks into has any meaning, and he doesn’t seem to hold the tradition in very high regard, probably due to the memory of hurting his foot by stomping too hard when he performed it.
The tradition is performed at a wedding, after the ceremony. In the informant’s case, the tradition was performed during the wedding reception.
Wedding traditions and accompanying beliefs are very common in all cultures.