Around the world

Wedding traditions from all over the world.

From the bride throwing her bouquet to wearing something old and newWedding customs are still so popular to this day that even unconventional couples happily share them.

Every other country and culture also has its own beloved wedding customs.

Some are cute, like how wedding guests in Sweden accept the bride or groom anytime the new husband leaves the room. Some are baffled: Couples in the Congo, for example, are forbidden from smiling on their wedding day. And some even seem strange, like the way husbands in Mongolia should be killed.

The theory says, if you follow these traditions, you will find eternal joy with your soulmate. So even if some Hindu brides must first marry a tree or some South Korean grooms have to put up with having their feet hit by family and friends, we hope it will be worth it in the end.

We will mention in this article some of them:

_in Norway.

One of the Norwegian traditions states that the bride will wear an ornate silver and gold crown that has a little charm hanging around it. When you move, the ringing sound is supposed to disperse evil spirits.

In Mexico.

During the ceremony, as the Mexican couple exchange vows, a “lazo,” or lasso, made of rosary beads and flowers is wrapped around their shoulders in a figure eight. Not only does “El lazo” represent the couple’s union, but its shape is also a symbol of infinity, indicating how long they hope the marriage will last.

_ in France.

Good news: French brides and brides usually eat chocolate and champagne after the reception. The bad news: They have to be consuming these rewards from the toilet bowl. The goal is to give double strength before their wedding night. Unfortunately, it may come with stomach pain as well.

_ In Armenia.

Do you want to banish evil spirits from your marriage? Weigh the lavash bread on your shoulders. This is what newly married Armenian couples do. According to custom, when the bride and groom enter their wedding – usually at the groom’s house – they break a plate happily, and then the lavash and honey are given by the groom’s mother. They balance the bread on their shoulders to ward off evil and they eat spoons of honey symbolizing happiness, after which the party really begins.

_ In China.

The would-be spouse shoots his bride with a bow and arrow (without a head) several times, then collects and breaks arrows during the ceremony, to ensure their love will last forever.

_In Germany.

In the first part of housekeeping together, German couples traditionally clean piles of ceramic dishes that their guests throw on the floor to ward off any evil spirits.

_ In Russia.

Newly married Russian couples share a sweet marriage bread called “karavai”, garnished with wheat for prosperity and interwoven rings for fidelity. Whoever took the largest bite – husband or wife – without using his hands is considered the head of the family.

_ in Philippines.

After tying the knot, happy brides and brides in the Philippines release a pair of white pigeons – male and female – into the air. The birds are said to represent a harmonious life together for the newly married couple.

_ in Turkey.

The groom’s friends place the Turkish flag, which features a crescent moon and a red star, on the floor of his home on the day he gets married. Depending on the area, things like fruits, vegetables, and even mirrors are placed on top, indicating that the wedding has begun.

_In Russia.

According to custom, a Russian man must go to the bride’s parents’ house on the morning of the wedding day and prove his worth by either paying a “ransom” to a woman, showering the bride’s family with gifts, or simply humiliating himself by dancing and singing until the family is satisfied.

_In Scotland.

Scottish brides and grooms are taken prisoner by their friends the day before their party and covered with everything from molasses and ash to flour and feathers before they are paraded around town. The ultimate humiliation may appear to be the goal, but the ritual stems from the practice of trying to ward off evil spirits.

_In South Korea.

As part of the “falca” celebration in South Korea, the groom’s friends and family hit him on the bottom of his feet with a stick or dried fish. In between the beating, he asked trivial questions, so the habit is said to help strengthen his memory and feet.

_In Italy.

The night before the wedding, the traditionally Italian groom might throw a surprise party outside the bride’s window. “La serenata” begins with the groom, with the support of musicians, sings his fiancée. Then, it turns into a full-on concert, with a lavish buffet and all of the couple’s friends and family.

_In Spain.

At some Spanish weddings, the groom’s friends would take scissors and cut off a tie, then sell the pieces to the guests to raise more money for the newlyweds. The same practice is sometimes applied to the bride’s tie as well.

_in Canada.

At the French-Canadian festivities, the couple’s older, unmarried siblings perform a traditional dance, all wearing silly brightly colored socks. While dancing, guests throw money at them which is then collected and presented to the newlyweds.

References :

Nancy Mattia and Andrea Park (18-2-2019), “47 Fascinating Wedding Traditions From Around the World”، www.brides.com

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