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WEDDING TRADITIONS OF THE WORLD: FROM GEESE TO LASSO

Author: 07.12.2016 | traditions
Stealing the bride's shoe in the midst of the celebration, and to require unimaginable redemption from the groom, is an interesting action for which it is worth to go to the wedding party. This is not the only wedding tradition of country, by which the legal wedlock of two hearts acquires a special flavour. What are interesting rituals of different parts of our planet? We leave for the honeymoon in search of the most original and unusual traditions of the peoples of the world!

Korean wedding: geese and silk roads

There are very strong folk customs in Korea, and this nation can boast of their uniqueness. For instance, ducks and geese here are symbols of love and fidelity. Therefore, they should be as many as possible at really good Korean wedding.

Bride purchasing in Korea is also committed in a special way. And the most remarkable thing in this ritual is the entry of young wife into the house of her husband. At the door, a huge bag of rice is sure to be waiting for her. It is important that the newly married wife steps over it and gently, not stumbling, goes into the house on a silk carpet. It promises to just-married couple a prosperous and comfortable life. Then her dowry is taken into house. The most important object in it is a mirror. The bride should look into it together with her mother in law - it protects them from squabbles and quarrels.

Much responsibility rests with the bride on the first day after the wedding. She must wake up early in the morning to cook rice for family and guests, and thoroughly clean the house. Groom’s relatives are coming soon and she has to give them gifts, prepared by her parents.

The exact Finnish calculation

He who receives a gift in Finland does not measure. The Finns, apparently, are very pragmatic and love accuracy in everything, and our "money loyalty" seems to be a perversion for them. One of the major and somewhat eccentric wedding traditions in Finland is to announce publicly the exact amount of money that the guest has donated. Perhaps this tradition promises good investment in family life, in fact no one wants to be greedy in the public eye.

Bermuda: grow the tree of family life

Bermuda is a heavenly place, lost in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, which is actually a self-governing Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. The very territory, shrouded in a mystical veil (we all know the story of the Bermuda Triangle, where ships and aircrafts get lost), occupies a small area. It is home to a relatively small number of people – just about 65 thousand. The population is multinational: the bulk of it consists of the descendants of African slaves, a small fraction of Europeans and Americans, and a very small percentage of Asians and Indians. However, the Bermudians have developed their own distinctive wedding traditions.

One of them is very romantic, beautiful and with environmental benefits, in general, excellent in every way. Newly wedded couple attaches sapling trees to the wedding cake. After the ceremony, they plant it in front of their house. According to legends, this tree represents the future family fortune. Therefore, it is treated with a special care. No wedding tree means no happiness in the family.

Kenya: take her shoes and go her way

The most developed and civilized country in East Africa, in spite of its political and economic progressivity, has retained outdated and somewhat wild wedding traditions. The bride, getting married, has to be pregnant. This is the only reason for marriage. And then - even stranger ...

After the wedding ceremony, a newly-married man shall immediately start wearing clothes of his wife. And it takes as much as 3 months. But the goal of this rite is more than good and even feministic. Thus, the man has to come to understand how difficult it is for his wife to bear a child.

Fiji: creepy gifts

The islands of Fiji have a more than strange wedding tradition, that can even scare away an ordinary European. The groom has to give half-tooth of the whale to the bride's father. It symbolizes the strong ties between the families and promises future prosperity.

Croatia: "well" of plenty

The brightest wedding tradition is in Croatia: gathering of the wedding procession in the midst of the festivities near the well. Guests throwing apples into it, the more the better. This ritual promises the newly-weds good wealth and influential position in society.

Sahara: region of ample-bodied brides

Saharan desert territory spans several countries: Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Western Sahara, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, Niger, Chad, Tunisia. And in most of these countries, not subtle fragile girls are popular, but very, very "cosy plump beauties". Therefore, since the age of 12 girls are getting ready for wedding, that is eating much food. Only a big girl can marry well.

Malaysia: everyone gets a boiled egg

Somewhat strange is Malaysian tradition: every guest at the wedding should give the newly wedded couple a boiled egg. This simple object represents in the South-East Asian countries abundance and wealth in the family. Can you imagine what newlyweds would do with so many eggs, if they threw a feast for the whole world and made a big lavish wedding?!

Strong Mexican bonds

Mexico is a country where the Catholic wedding ceremony is obligatory, but along with it shamanic ritual can be carried out to unite newlyweds. The thing is that this is a place of interconnection of different cultures: customs of the Spanish conquistadors and paganism of indigenous inhabitants.

Today shamanic ritual has no judicial power, and is not particularly supported by beliefs of the local people. But it is beautiful and atmospheric... It is carried out in the gentle rays of the setting sun on the ocean or sea beach. In short, many couples after wedding go to perform a ritual just for fun.

There are unusual wedding traditions in Mexico. At the time when the couple declares their promises of eternal fidelity to each other, they throw a lasso on them. This may be a white ribbon or rosary beads, which symbolizes the inseparable connection and integrity of an alliance. When leaving the church, the young couple is showered with red beads for good luck and success.

A wedding celebration culmination is inside a huge tank fixed in the middle of the banquet hall attached somewhere on top. In the midst of fun, it opens up and spills out a variety of sweets on the guests, as a sign of fun and sweet life.

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