A wedding can be a truly magical experience for two people as they make a lifelong commitment to loving each other. Many people celebrate this love by singing and dancing all night away. In any culture, it comes with a long list of traditions and rituals. Preparing for a wedding involves booking a venue, getting the wedding dress and inviting the guests But with the following unusual and amazing wedding rituals it is clear just how diverse weddings can be.
There are some surprising wedding traditions from different countries :
Kiss the Bride and Groom – Sweden
In this world, there is nothing wrong with the bride and groom kissing on the wedding day But in Sweden, it may not be with each other. The ritual is that if the bride or groom leaves each other’s side at any time during the ceremony, any unmarried guest may step in and kiss them. This could be a light peck on the cheek or a full-blown kiss on the lips. It depends on what the guest goes for. The bride and groom can’t get offended by any of it and have to take it on the cheeks or lips.
Breaking of the glass, Jewish tradition
When a Jewish wedding ceremony comes to an end, the bride and groom step on glass inside a cloth bag to shatter it. It has multiple meanings, and one of them is to demonstrate that marriage holds sorrow as well as joy and to represent the commitment to stand by one another.
A bride from the Tujia ethnic group in China should cry for one hour every day for a month before her wedding and at the ceremony itself. 10 days after the bride starts crying, her mother joins in, and then 10 days later her grandmother joins them both. By the end of the month, every female in the family is crying alongside the bride. It’s supposed to be an expression of joy and happiness. As the women weep in different tones, it sounds almost like a song.
Beat Groom's Feet, South Korea
Ever see a newly married groom at his wedding sitting barefoot, with feet tied up and being beaten on those feet? In South Korea, guests actually do this to the groom right after the wedding ceremony. The beating is not serious but it is a spectacle for sure. Guests use a dried yellow corvina, a type of fish, to do the beating. Or if they can’t find that, they may also use rope or sticks. The bizarre and fun ritual is meant to check the groom’s strength and intelligence before his first wedding night. And we all know how important feet are for that.
Bridal doll, Puerto Rico
At a wedding in Puerto Rico, they have a bridal doll, which is fashioned to look like the bride and dressed similarly. The doll is covered with charms, which are later taken off and given to the guests, who are expected to put money onto the doll in exchange.
Spitting on the bride, Kenya
Massai girls of Kenya are usually given to a man much older than the bride. At the wedding ceremony, the father or brother of the bride spits on her head as a blessing. Then she leaves the house with her new husband, walking to her new home, no matter how far away it is.
Blackening the Bride, Scotland
Blackening of the bride is a very old Scottish tradition. It’s part of a hazing ritual that actually happens before the wedding. The bride is taken by surprise, by hands down the crummiest friends you could have, and covered from head to toe with all kinds of crap. It can be anything: spoiled milk from the back of your fridge right down to tar and feathers. The ritual of covering brides and grooms in treacle, soot and flour used to be carried out to ward off evil spirits. It still happens in some parts of Scotland.