Women who have reached the age of 25 become 'Catherinettes', they have their own special day of celebration on 25th of November.
Catherinettes - Husbands, Hats and 25
In France women who reach the age of 25 and are not married are called Catherinettes. Their motto is: 'Lord, give me a husband who's
bearable, or who can at least pass as bearable in the world!' Whereas French girls under 25 would pray: 'Lord, give me a well-situated husband. Let him be gentle, rich, generous, and pleasant!'
Catherinettes form support groups, and they can be recognised by their hats, which are yellow (for faith) and green (for wisdom), topped off by some eye-catching feature. Tradition has it that Catherinettes should wear the hat for the entire day without taking it off even indoors. Milliners in France, and elsewhere, have not been slow to produce ranges of hats to celebrate St Catherine's Day.
Mathematics of Marriage
- Smart man + smart woman = romance
- Smart man + dumb woman = pregnancy
- Dumb man + smart woman = affair
- Dumb man + dumb woman = marriage
- Smart boss + smart employee = profit
- Smart boss + dumb employee = production
- Dumb boss + smart employee = promotion
- Dumb boss + dumb employee = overtime
St Catherine Day Jokes
A Question Of Marriage Guidance
Vicky, a young single lady visits the local dating agency and explains, 'I'm looking for a husband. Can you please help me to find a suitable
The dating receptionist needs to find out some details so she asks, 'What are your requirements, please?'
'Well, let me see.' Vicky says, 'He needs to be fine looking, polite, humorous, sporty, knowledgeable, good at singing and dancing. Willing
accompany me the whole day at home during my leisure hours, if I don't go out. Telling me interesting stories when I need companion for conversation and be silent when I want to rest.'
The receptionist listens politely and carefully and responds, 'I understand. You need a television.'
- Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution yet. Mae West.
- 'It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.' Tallulah Bankhead
- A husband is like a fire, he goes out when unattended.
- Marriage is an institution in which a man loses his bachelor's degree, and the woman gets her master's.
Why Women Are Beautiful
'God,' inquired Adam,
'Why did you make Eve so beautiful?'
'So you would love her.'
'But why did you make her so dumb?'
'So she would love you.'
Words To Describe Catherinettes
The alleged most commonly used words of endearment: Honey (48%), Baby (44%), Sweetheart (41%), Dear (39%), Lover (32%), Darling (31%), Sugar (24%), Angel (20%), Pumpkin (13%), Beautiful (6%).
St Catherine Statue and Prayers
One custom is that on 25th of November girls should visit a statue of St Catherine, where they make a little prayer for a husband.
Saint Catherine be good
We have no hope but you You are our protector
Have pity on us
We implore you on our knees
Help us to get married
For pity's sake, give us a husband
For we're burning with love
Deign to hear the prayer
Which comes from our overburdened hearts
Oh you who are our mother
Give us a husband
In England we have a shorter folk saying:
St Catherine, St Catherine, O lend me thine aid,
And grant that I never may die an old maid.
St Catherine of the Wheel
St Catherine of Alexandria, (Saint Catherine of the Wheel) was sentenced the Roman Emperor Maxentius, the barbaric method in favour for women was torture then death on the wheel. However, when Catherine was placed on the wheel it was the one that broke. She was then beheaded, and later achieved the status of Saint. Incidentally, Joan of Arc said that Saint Catherine appeared to her on more than one occasion.
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