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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday Superstition Graveyard Bouquet

Saturday Superstition Graveyard Bouquet

Following the closing night of a show it is traditional to give the director (and/or the leading lady), a bouquet of flowers stolen from a graveyard . Presumably, this is done to signify the end (or death) of a production, hence the graveyard flowers.

Or, more likely, since performers are not usually paid well, they stole flowers from a graveyard as a way to pinch pennies and still offer congratulations to their boss and/or leading actor. Perhaps to butter them up for the next audition?

At any rate, this rather macabre custom is sometimes done even today and its true orgin remains a mystery.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstition #130:
“The true origin of the the graveyard bouquet is a mystery.”

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