Why Do We Clink Glasses?
Where did the idea of clinking the glasses come from? Although there
is no real proof or evidence that we are aware of, there are a few theories...
- Hundreds of years ago in Greece when it was common to poison your
enemy, a toast was seen as a gesture of good faith. The host would
pour the wine into a decanter and then drink from it to prove it was
safe. Once the host had proved that the wine was safe, then everyone
felt comfortable enough to drink it as well. The clinking of glasses
during this time could have been a sneeky way for wine to be passed
back and forth between glasses to prove it was safe.
- There were many cultures that believed that clinking glasses would
drive away evil spirits. It was these evil spirits were many times the
ones blamed for drunkenness.
- It was considered a welcome sound for weddings and birthdays.
- The Italian toast "cin cin" sounds like the sound of glasses
Up until the 16 th century, toasts were usually only made to "good
health". Today it is to salute a special day, marriage, promotion
at work and many other special occasions.