Where a woman ties the bow of her Dirndl's apron gives away the secret of her marital status.
If the bow is on her right side, it means that she is married. The right ring finger, coincidentally, is where German men and women wear their wedding rings.
If the bow is on her left side, she is single.
If tied behind her back, it means that the woman you met at Oktoberfest is either a widow, or more likely, is a server. The latter ties her bow there to keep it out of the way of her work.
And if the bow is tied in front, traditionally it means she is a young girl. But lately, it has take on a new meaning: "I'm not telling; so you'll just have to ask and find out."
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