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Wedding customs by country
Following their wedding ceremonies, some South Korean grooms are subjected to a certain ritual before they can leave with their new wives: the beating of their feet. What might seem a strange, disrespectful custom to certain cultures actually makes sense within Maasai culture in which spitting is seen as a symbol of good luck and fortune.
Spitting can be seen in other areas of Maasai culture too — Maasai tribesmen will spit on their europeans before shaking hands with elders as a of respect and it is also tradition to spit on newborn Maasai babies to ward off bad luck. According to the University of the Highlands and Islands in Inverness, the wedding is carried out to ward off evil spirits. In order to remedy this, a kumbh vivah — a ceremony in which the woman marries either a peepal or banana tree or an idol of the god Vishnu — is performed western their actual wedding to break the curse.
Bollywood actress and Miss World winner Aishwarya Rai Bachchan underwent a kumbh vivah before her marriage to fellow actor Abhishek Bachchan in On the eve of some German weddings, guests of the couple will gather at the house of the european and smash pieces of crockery in a tradition known as Polterabend believed to bring good luck to the bride and groom. The couple are then required to clean up the debris to demonstrate that by western together they can overcome any challenge the face in married life.
Weddings are often an emotional affair, but in certain traditions of China crying is a required part of preparation for marriage.
Unusual wedding traditions from around the world
A month before their forthcoming nuptials, Tujia brides will cry for one hour each day. Though we might associate France with haute cuisine, a certain stomach-churning French wedding tradition known as La Soupe is about as far from cordon bleu as you can get. Following the wedding reception, guest would traditionally gather leftover food and drink and place into a chamber pot before presenting to the newlyweds to european, supposedly to give them energy for their wedding night.
Thankfully, when the tradition is observed nowadays, the bride and groom are usually served a slightly more appealing tradition of chocolate and champagne. In Tidong culture, not observing the ritual is said to tarnish the bride and groom with bad luck western resulting in infidelity, the breakup of their marriage or the death of their children.
At the wedding reception of newlywed Swedish couples, if the groom should leave the room the male guests of the bridal party are permitted to kiss the bride. Similarly, if the bride leaves the party female guests will hone in to kiss the groom. The couple take a knife and together kill and gut the baby chicken before inspecting its liver.
Helen Armitage. Add to Plan. Kenya: Maasai Marriage Spitting. Scotland: Blackening.
India: Kumbh Vivah. China: Crying Ritual. France: Le Pot de Chambre.