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It's an old tradition with roots in Russia, Judaism, Christianity, and many Eastern European cultures. Many people probably know it from Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life", when George and Mary Bailey welcome the Martinis into their new home. Mary: Bread... that this house may never know hunger. [Mary hands a loaf of bread to Mrs. Martini] Mary: Salt... that life may always have flavor. [Mary hands a box of salt to Mrs. Martini] George Bailey: And wine... that joy and prosperity may reign forever. Enter the Martini Castle. [George hands Mr. Martini a bottle of wine]

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Q: Why do you bring bread salt and wine to a new home?
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Why do you give salt wine and bread for a new home?

to bring them good luck, and to ward off evil spirits


In the movie It's a Wonderful Life what 3 gifts did George and Mary bring to the Martini's new home in Bailey Park?

Bread, salt, and wine.


What did it mean when you brought Bread and Wine to a new homeowner?

What does it mean to bring Bread and Wine to a new homeowner?


Is it salt wine bread and money you bring when moving into a new home for luck?

There's a few variations. Many know the "Bread, so this house may never know hunger; salt, so that life may always have flavor and wine, that joy and prosperity may reign forever" from It's a Wonderful Life, but it likely didn't originate with the film. I've also heard money, so that you may never be poor used or possibly substituted for wine, particularly if the new home owners do not drink.


Why bread salt and wine for gifts to new homeowner?

check this out: http://judaism.about.com/library/3_askrabbi_o/bl_simmons_newhome.htm "Question What is the custom of bringing salt and bread to a new home about? Can you explain it and is there a 3rd item that is suppose to be brought? Answer The idea is to make a small party as means to get to know the new neighbors. The bread (and salt) is the main items in a meal - (source: "Code of Jewish Law" O.C. 177:1; 167:5). We also bring wine to a new home. Being that this party is usually done on Shabbat, we need the wine for Kiddush. Moreover, it was the way Malki Tzedek greeted Abraham - (source: Genesis 14:18; "Zohar" Leviticus 3b; "Ta'amei Minhagim" 456; "Torah Lishmo" by Ben Ish Chai, 484)."


Are there any German housewarming traditions?

Always bring alcohol to the host when you attend a party. Also sometimes bring a flower arrangement depending on the type party. If the party noise will bother the neighbors, then invite the neighbors.


What do you bring to someone's new home besides salt and bread according to Irish traditions?

If It's a Wonderful Life is to be believed "Bread - that this house may never know hunger. Salt - that life may always have flavour. Wine - that joy and prosperity may reign forever." There are also Traditional dishes such as Irish Scallops with culcanan Potato on a bed of freshly cut bacon and black pudding. I know my family also brings a penny for fortune and luck.


What was the house blessing on its a wonderful life?

Bread - that this house may never know hunger. Salt - that life may always have flavor. Wine - that joy and prosperity may reign forever. Bread - that this house may never know hunger. Salt - that life may always have flavor. Wine - that joy and prosperity may reign forever.


Is bread and wine blessed by a vicar?

Yes the bread and wine is blessed by the vicar.


Did Jesus give the bread or the wine first?

Jesus gave the bread first and then the wine.


Who is the bread and wine at the last supper?

It is Jesus. The bread is His flesh, and the wine is His blood.


What follows the liturgy of the word?

the offertory. this is when the congregation bring up the bread and wine. REMEMBER IT IS NOT JESUS' BODY AND BLOOD TILL AFTER THE OFFERTORY