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The word for honey is
meala in Irish. The word for honeymoon is mi na meala, the month of honey,
and refers to how the bride and groom spend that period of time.
monks first produced the fermented honey brew called mead for medicinal
purposes, then found it could make well people feel even better.
the wedding, a sufficient amount of mead was given to the bride and groom,
along with special goblets, so they could share the unique brew for one
full moon after their wedding, thus the term honeymoon was coined.
It was believed that this delicate yet potent drink was the best way to
ensure a good beginning for a new marriage, and was also believed to endow
powers of virility and fertility.