"A midday mass
was followed by a sumptuous banquet held in a garden restaurant
in Les Pres Saint Gervais, a suburb of the capital. This meal
was punctuated by toasts and speeches and followed by the recitation
of poems and songs composed by the guests especially for the
occasion. The room was then rearranged for dancing, which lasted,
with time out for an intermission and more songs, until six in
Jacques Bede's A Worker in 1820 as
found in Traugott, p74
The nature of
marriage was changing over the course of the nineteenth century,
and practices varied widely from one family to another. Ceremonies,
circumstances, and the question of a dowry all depended largely
on region of origin and parental involvement.
The quote above
describes a common practice of celebrating a particuar trade
on a special holiday, known as a feast day.
holidays for the working classes were mainly religious in nature,
particulary baptisms and first communions.