The phrase “tying the knot” is synonymous with getting married. Although the words can represent the symbolic joining of two lives together, in some cultures, getting married actually requires tying a knot.

The custom traces its origins to an ancient Babylonian tradition in which threads from the clothes of both the bride and groom were tied in a knot to represent the couple’s union.

Other cultures have embraced this tradition, and couples tie ceremonial knots during their wedding ceremonies.

"Right, Meg?" columnist and special sections editor for Maryland Independent, The Enterprise, The Calvert Recorder and Chesapeake 360 in Southern Maryland. Find her on Twitter @rightmeg.

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