Though subject to minor changes here and there, marriage rituals continue their existence in different parts of the world. All these rituals actually reflect the culture of the region they originate from. As the rituals in our country go, we are sure that many people can mention a great variety of marriage rituals. What is more, when you attend weddings in different regions, you are bound to encounter traditions that will take you by surprise. Therefore, it is not difficult to predict the diversity of the marriage rituals in other countries. In this article, we will be telling you about interesting marriage rituals in different parts of the world. Here are those quirky rituals!
Standing out from other countries due to its cultural peculiarities, China also stands out with its highly idiosyncratic marriage rituals. Before getting on with the wedding organization, the couples are first required to go to an astrologer. The astrologer firstly looks at the couple’s separate birth charts and the wedding preparations begin once confirmed that their marriage has no evil forebodings. In the same way, the bridesmaids are selected from among girls with a birth year compatible with the bride’s birth chart.
According to another Chinese wedding ritual, the groom prepares the marriage bed and decorates it with fruits and nuts before the wedding. Then the children in the family are allowed to sit on the bed and eat the food. The more children on the bed, the more fecundity is promised.
Marriage rituals in Pakistan are just as flamboyant and theatrical. The groom is put through his paces by the bride’s family to prove his worth. The girl’s family hurls all sorts of abuse and demeaning remarks at the groom who is expected to stay calm in the face of it. Candidates with a passing grade also get the green light for the marriage.
According to a tradition in some parts of Africa, the groom-to-be asks for the permission of the girl’s family to marry and gives the girl money and peanuts if the family agrees to the arrangement. The bride-to-be shares the peanuts with the groom-to-be with the matchmaker also receiving his or her rightful share of the bounty. This also means a wedding invitation for the neighbors.
One of the most important wedding rituals in England is the pealing of the church bells. Doing so is believed to chase away the evil spirits. Church bells ring and flowers are thrown on the couple while the bride and groom enter and leave the church during the wedding.
According to the wedding tradition in Ireland, the bride and groom should be able to dance without the bride lifting her feet. Because it is believed that evil fairies will take her away if the bride lifts her feet from the floor.
One of the marriage rituals in Spain is the bride’s father giving the groom a watch during the wedding. And the groom gives the bride 13 pieces of gold called “arras”. This tradition symbolizes sharing their current and future wealth.
According to the wedding tradition in Greece, brides wear red or yellow cover in order to expel the evil spirits. There is also the quite unusual ritual of making a male baby jump on the wedding bed.
The final marriage ritual in the article is from Israel. According to Jewish belief, there is the ritual of stepping on a piece of cloth filled with glass pieces during the wedding. This ritual symbolizes the destroying of the holy temple in Jerusalem. Broken glass in wedding ceremonies also represents moments of happiness and sadness in life.
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