Love is universal, and one of the ways love is shown is through marriage. But just as we have different cultures and tradition so does tying the marriage knot, it is different everywhere. Weddings are one of the most universal traditions in the world. But, it’s celebrated differently by everyone. Each culture has its own ways of making someone’s special day extra special.
How can such a common ceremony be so different to everyone? Check out these wedding traditions to find out…
- Releasing doves, Philippines
At traditional Filipino wedding receptions, the bride and groom release two doves into the air to represent a long, peaceful, and harmonious life together.
- Spitting on the bride, Kenya
In Kenya, as the freshly married bride and groom leave the village, the father of the bride spits on his daughter’s head and chest so as not to jinx their good fortune.
- Confetti Italy
In Italian, “confetti” doesn’t mean scraps of paper to be thrown, but rather sugary treats, particularly sugared almonds, that wedding guests receive as favours at the reception. Confetti used to be thrown at the bride and groom, but have been replaced by coriandoli, the tiny scraps of paper.
- Carrying fire, South Africa
In South African tradition, the parents of the bride and groom bring fire from their own fireplaces to the home of the newlyweds. The bride and groom use the flames provided from their childhood homes to ignite the hearth in their new home together.
- Log Cutting Germany
In Germany, newlyweds must instantly put their bond to the test by working together to saw a log in half in front of all their guests. The act is intended to showcase the bride and groom’s ability to work together and face the obstacles that may come throughout their marriage.
- A goose for the bride, Korea
According to Korean tradition, grooms give their new mother-in-laws wild geese or ducks. The monogamous animals represent the groom’s pure intentions and loyalty to his bride. In a more modern reincarnation, brides and grooms exchange wooden geese and ducks on their wedding day as a sign of their commitment.
- Henna India
As part of the elaborate and visually stunning traditional Indian wedding, brides and other female attendees are often dyed with intricate henna designs to represent the joy, hope, and love of the occasion.
Feel free to adopt any of these wedding traditions you love when saying your ”I DO”. Share with us in the comment box your favourite wedding tradition.[mashshare text="This is my custom share text"]
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