Tobias night

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

With reference to Tobit 8:1-3, in which Tobias banishes a demon on his wedding-night.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /təʊˈbaɪəs naɪt/

Noun[edit]

Tobias night

  1. A wedding night on which consummation of the marriage is postponed (usually in plural).
    • 1922, In various parts of Germany and Switzerland continence is observed for three nights after marriage, which are frequently known as the “Tobias nights”; it is believed that otherwise the wedded life of the couple would be unlucky, whereas if they abstain from intercourse the devil will not be able to do any harm. — Edward Westermarck, History of Human Marriage (Kessinger 2003, p.558)