HONEYMOON – BACK TO ORIGINS
The literal translation in French of ‘Lune de miel’ refers to the period ‘when newly wed couples take some time to share private and intimate moments with the intention of bonding during the initial days of marriage’. The earliest term for this in English was ‘hony moone’, recorded as early as 1546.
In western culture, this custom originated in the early 19th century in Great Britain. Upper class couples would take a ‘Bridal Tour’, sometimes accompanied by friends or family, to visit relatives that had not been able to attend the wedding.
Nowadays, the term ‘Honeymoon’ symbolise a two-week to a month-long holiday taken by couple in a romantic or exotic locations, ranging from tropical beach retreat to safari adventure to the heights of Himalayas – once-in-a-lifestime memory making locations.