Fatsheylke-tants (LKT)

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“Fatsheylke tants...The Jews observed closely an old tradition. Honored guests had a special dance with the bride [with a handkerchief in between]. The most honored guest at the wedding was invited to demonstrate his feelings for the beloved by dancing, because it was not honorable to touch the hands of a woman in public.” Stutschewsky 1959, p. 175

See Kosher-tants and Mitsve-tants.