While the origin of the pretzel is still not entirely certain, it is commonly accepted that it was birthed of religious circumstances with the twisted bread representing hands crossed over the chest during the prayer. Around the world throughout history, the pretzel has come to symbolize a multitude of things across cultures. In this article, we’ll discuss various places and cultures and what the pretzel means for them.
Originally during the middle ages, monks frequently donated pretzels to the poor. This led to the pretzel not only being a religious symbol, but also one that represented good fortune and sustenance. This symbol of fortune would continue on through time, especially around Europe.
For example, in Germany, kids will wear pretzels around their neck on new year’s day to represent a fresh start. In a similar sense, Switzerland has a tradition for newlyweds to make wishes and break a pretzel. When this tradition became a custom in the 1600s it is believed to be the origin of the phrase, “tying the knot”!
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