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This Czech Christmas Tradition Predicts When You’ll Get Married

Published Monday, Dec. 6th, 2021

Wondering if a wedding is in your future? 

Throwing a shoe over your shoulder might help you choose a wedding date... or find a sole-mate.


Single women living in the Czech Republic have a unique Christmas tradition that’s said to predict whether or not they’ll get married in the coming year. It’s a shoe toss! 



On Christmas morning, they grab their favorite flats and sneakers and head outside. Standing with their back to the door of their house, they throw the shoe over their shoulder and then turn to watch how it lands. 



If the heel’s toward the door, they’ll stay single another year. But if the toe’s pointing toward the door, they’ll be walking down the aisle in no time! 



photo of a women's red shoes, close up shot

Headed down the aisle?


Now, there’s nothing that says men can’t try on this tradition, too. So fellas, grab those shoes and step outside...



We can’t attest to its accuracy (it might be easier to just propose marriage yourself…) but it sounds like a fun Christmas tradition for anyone in the mood for a wedding. 



In fact, it kind of reminds us of brides and grooms tossing a bouquet or garter to predict which wedding guest will wed next. 



A woman holds out an engagement ring to a man, against a red background

Is there a holiday wedding proposal in your future?



This Christmas, grab your favorite sneakers, clogs, sandals, or flip flops to see if marriage is on the calendar in the coming year. 


(We just don’t recommend heels… those things are dangerous when they get moving.)



And if the shoe fits, ask a friend to get ordained and officiate your ceremony! 



Interested in incorporating stories and culture into your ceremony? 

Learn more about wedding traditions from around the world!

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Illustration from Lucky in Love alongside a photo of the cover of the book, which is red with gold lettering. The illustration shows a bride and groom holding hands



Filled with traditions, rituals, and superstitions from places and cultures all over the world, Lucky in Love is all about bringing the magic to your wedding.


Every engaged couple wants two things: a meaningful wedding and a lifetime of happiness. This great gift book is a cross-cultural collection of marriage folklore that will help you achieve both. Create your own lucky traditions with nods to each other’s heritage, customs from places you’ve visited together, and auspicious rituals that just feel special. With this book as your guide, you can make your own luck in love.



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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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