The tradition of clinking glasses of alcohol in celebration is an ancient practice in our history–we’ve been doing it for a long time! In fact, basically since the beginning of alcoholic beverages, humans have been clinking glasses to wish happiness and good health. But the question is, WHY?
An Offering to the Gods – Some think toasting began with the people of Ancient Greece, honoring their gods during ceremonies and feasts.
Avoiding poison – Another, slightly darker theory comes from the Middle Ages. The idea here is that when everyone would toast, a little of everyone’s drink would splash into another – making the thought of poisoning someone’s glass risky.
Fighting demons – Another theory for clinking glasses that have popped up in a few cultures (including Germanic tribes!) is the idea that the sound of the clinking cubs will scare off evil spirits.
Regardless of its origins, the clinking of glasses has become a sign of trust, honesty, and a toast to good health around the world. Millions have raised their glasses in celebration, and we hope a few more will clink (the bottoms of) their glasses this Oktoberfest! In fact, You might also hear ein Prosit, which means ‘a toast’, as a signal for you to raise your glass along with your fellow drinkers. Raise a glass and remember that we’ve been coming together to clink our cups for thousands of years!
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