Wedding. What else can be more similar and more different than this ceremony?
Wedding traditions and customs do not end with the first dance of newlyweds and bride`s flowers.
Wedding traditions vary in many ways. They can be lovely (an Indian groom has to wear a flower necklace), they can be strange and disgusting (in Scotland both bride and groom must be taken out before wedding and be pelted with ash, flour and treacle by their family and friends).
We are glad to share with you 10 the most unusual and fascinating wedding traditions from all over the World.
Congo: Be Serious.
One of the most unusual traditions is in Congo. Brides and grooms are not allowed to smile during all the day, from ceremony to reception. In that way they show their commitment about their marriage. Is it possible for you?
Germany: Log Cutting
Germans are proud of their traditions. The people of this conservative country try to keep up old customs and it does not change when it comes to weddings. The most unusual wedding tradition in German is log cutting. They must cut the log to demonstrate their ability to work together.
Mauritius: get fat or lose your groom
If you want to eat a lot and not to be on a diet, go to Mauritius. The main dream of many girls from all over the world exists here: you can eat whatever you want and not to keep figure. It is considered bad style to be thin and fit. Men marry only fleshy women.
Scotland: against regulations
Many years ago English Marriage Act had special requirements. It was forbidden for people under the age of 21 to get married without their parental consent. But young lovers managed the situation and found a nearby Scottish town without such restrictions. The act was annulled, but the custom is still alive: many newlyweds go to the village Gretna Green to get married.
Greece: Friend`s Shaving
There is a strange tradition in Greece: the best man of the groom becomes his barber and he must to shave the groom`s face.
Good news: mother-in-law has to feed her son-in-law almonds and honey.
The parents of the grooms can do whatever they want! When the newlyweds arrive, the mother of the groom has to break a white ceramic bell which is filled up with rice and flour. It is believed, that it brings prosperity to the new family.
Jamaican villagers line and scrutinize the bride. If there are too many critical words, she has to come home and to fix herself up.
Kenya: Father`s spit
Just imagine: you are so lucky on your wedding day, all dressed up in your wedding dress, there are a lot of guests and your husband feasts his eyes on you…
And your father spits upon you. You will be taken aback, but that is the duty of the father of the bride in Kenya. It is made not to make fate too much supportive to husband and wife.
Czechoslovakia: boy or girl?
Before the wedding ceremony, guests place an infant on the newlyweds` bed. It is made to promote the couple`s fertility.
The most popular Russian tradition is to nibble a karavay. Karavay is a wedding bread, always decorated with wheat and wedding rings. Husband and wife have to bite their karavay without using hands. Whoever takes the biggest bite is considered the head of the family. It is a perfect reason to stop developing your complex about your big mouth…
If you want to use different wedding traditions, just do it! There are no taboos when it comes to weddings.