As you all know, weddings are known to be a universal celebration. There are also different traditions available and these traditions will depend on the country and the culture. In western places, cutting the cake and throwing the bouquet are a staple. But when it comes to other cultures, they do things differently.
There are a lot of wedding traditions worldwide and you might get surprised as how weird they can get. Hello Magazine, talks about the different wedding traditions that are known to be weird and wonderful all over the globe:
China: shooting the bride
In China’s Yugur culture, grooms shoot their future brides with a bow and arrow — albeit minus the arrowheads — three times. The groom then breaks the arrows to ensure the couple stay in love forever.
Mauritania: fat farms
In Mauritania, girls aged between five and 15 are sent to “fat farms” before their wedding to pile on the pounds. If a bride had stomach rolls, stretch marks and overlapping thighs, it signalled her husband was wealthy enough to keep her satisfied.
Scotland: blackening of the bride
Scottish brides-to-be are taken by surprise by their friends ahead of the big day, and pelted with all sorts of rubbish such as curdled milk, dead fish, spoiled food, tar and feathers. She is then tied to a tree and after taken for a night of drinking. The belief is that if she can withstand this kind of treatment, she can handle anything that comes her way in her marriage.
China: crying for the groom
Brides of the Tujia people in China are required to cry for an hour a day, every day, for the month preceding their wedding. Ten days into this ritual her mother begins to join her, then her grandmother. This is thought to be an expression of joy as the women cry in different tones.
Korea: beating the groom’s feet
Korean tradition dictates that the groom has his feet beaten with fish or a cane before his first night as a married man — to test his true strength and character.
India: marrying a tree
In parts of India women born as Mangliks (an astrological combination when Mars and Saturn are both under the 7th house), are apparently “cursed” and thought to be likely to cause their husband an early death. In order to counter this, they must first be married to a tree and the tree cut down to break the curse. See full post here…