Each culture has their own practices when it comes to tying the knot and the celebrations that follow this sacred union. Here are 8 Wedding Practices and Superstitions from across the globe.
It is a common Filipino tradition at wedding reception for the bride and groom to release two doves into the air. This gesture represents a peaceful, long and harmonious life for the married couple.
San San Kudo is a Japanese tradition where a the newlyweds take three sips from three flat sake cups, followed by their parents. The first three represents the bride, the groom, and their parents; the second three represents hatred, passion and ignorance. “Ku” or nine is a considered as a lucky number in the Japanese culture, while “do” means liberation from the three human flaws.
The newlyweds from Germany immediately gets their bond to the test by having to work together to cut a log using a saw in the presence of their wedding guests. This will show the ability of the bride and groom to coordinate and how they work together in facing the obstacles that they will encounter as a couple.
It is a part of the Korean tradition that the groom must give his new mother-in-laws wild geese or ducks. These monogamous nature of these animals represents the groom’s loyalty and pure intentions towards his bride. This is practiced up to this day, but in the modern way the bride and groom exchange wooden ducks on the day of their wedding to show their commitment to each other.
It is traditional for the groom to wear a ring of flowers around his neck.
Croquembouche, a tower of cream-filled pastry that may be dipped in different sweet sauces, is often served as the wedding cake in French weddings. The tower may be decorated with fruits, nuts, and glazes. During the reception a less charming tradition known as La Soupe, is practiced. Here, the bride and groom must eat the leftover Croquembouche in a toilet or toilet-like bowl.
A mock ransoming/abducting the bride game before the wedding ceremony is practiced in Romania. In this game, the bride is abducted by hired entertainers, and her groom must rescue the bride and pay for the ransom by means of drinks, money or romantic gestures. This game has other versions in Germany, Russia and Wales. In Wales, a best man would take the bride to a pub on the night before the wedding, and the groom-to-be must find the bride and pay for the bill.
A unity bowl is one of the feature in some Australian weddings. The wedding guests are given stones that they must hold during the ceremony. At the end, the guests will place the stones in a decorative bowl that the bride and groom will keep and display after the wedding. This is to remind the married couple of the presence of their family, friends and loved ones.
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