This is a bit more obscure and regional, but still interesting to know. The “Zoorholt” was used in nineteenth-century Netherlands, and literally means “dry wood.” It is a piece of wood which was clothed in rags and brought by the children of a village to a girl whose fiance had recently left her. It was assumed that the boy left the girl because she could not bear him children. If the boy’s marriage with another girl was announced in church, the youth of the village would grab any loose objects they could find and bring them to the first girl’s house and stack them there, sometimes even on the roof. This was accompanied by much noise and singing. The girl was then supposed to provide food and drink for the group of people.
It is said that the Victorians were the first moderns, but habits like this sometimes make me doubt it!