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The "Kissin' Maet"

Another pre-marriage ritual involved the young couple eating the kisseen’ maet - a dialect term, simply meaning kissing food.

Traditionally, this meal consisted of limpets, boiled in milk and water. It had to be eaten before sunset - which, in the depths of an Orkney winter, is around about 3pm.

The betrothed couple had to make sure they kissed before, and after, eating this meal.

Biddin' da folk

Section Contents
Customs and First Steps
Fit Washin' Night
Saltwater and freshwater
Kissing Meat
Biddin' da Folk
The Blackening
The Wedding Day Arrives...
The Wedding Feast
The Wedding Cogs
After the Wedding

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