Bizarre Wedding Cultures Around the World – Part 1
- 16, Feb 2017
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Wedding traditions and rituals vary greatly between religions, cultures, countries, and social classes. Almost every wedding ceremony involves an exchange of marriage vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (ring, flowers, etc.), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure. But the following unusual and amazing wedding rituals make it clear just how diverse weddings and cultures can be.
1.China: Crying Ritual of the Tujia People
The Tujia people of China begin their wedding preparations, 30 days prior to the wedding day, by crying. The bride spends an hour a day crying. 10 days later, her mother, and then ten days after that, her grandmother, join her and this continues until all the females in the family are crying daily for an hour. It is not an act of sadness but an expression of joy and deep love. Because, when all of them weep together in different tones, the collected noise sounds almost like a song.
2.Sweden: The Kissing Tradition
No, not just between the bride and groom, in fact as a guest you might just be lucky enough to plant a kiss on the bride or groom yourself. At the wedding ceremony, it is traditional for the groom to disappear during part of the ceremony for any reason, then all the unmarried young men are allowed to kiss the bride. The same goes for the groom and female guests if the bride should leave the room. A unique Swedish tradition indeed.
3.Massai Nation, Kenya: Spitting on the Bride
At a wedding ceremony held by the Massai people, the bride’s head is shaved and lamb fat and oil is applied on her head. The father of the bride blesses his daughter by spitting on her head and breasts. Spitting is a symbol of disgrace usually but in Massai nation it is thought to bring good luck and fortune. She then leaves with her husband and does not look back for fear of turning into stone. The husband doesn’t stay in the house in which she stays for the next two days and then her mother in law shaves her head. This commences the wedding ceremony declaring them man and wife for life.
4.India: KumbhVivah – An Indian Ritual ForManglikDosh
This amazing ritual is performed in the Indian Spiruatility when the menor women have a Manglik Dosh. This is a wedding between a Mangalik and either a statue of Vishnu or a Peepal tree or banana tree. The MangalikDosha negatively impacts married life, causing tension and the untimely death of one of the partners. To cancel these effects, a KumbhVivah can be performed before the wedding.
5.South Korea: Beating the Groom’s Feet
The ritual of “beating the groom’s feet” takes place after the wedding ceremony in South Korea. The Groom’s friends remove his shoes and tie his feet together with a rope or sash. They then lift his legs off the ground and start beating the soles of his feet with a stick or dried yellow corvina. Yellow corvina is a kind of fish! It is believed that this will make the groom stronger before the first wedding night. It can be painful but it’s more fun than cruel. Actually it’s a fun tradition; the intention behind this is to check the groom’s strength and knowledge. He is often asked questions and quizzed during the test. This amusing ritual holds an important place in Korean wedding culture.