Top 10 most interesting wedding customs in the world

Saturday, 16/12/2023 | 23:31 UTC-5

Marriage is when a man and woman become one. The trouble starts when they try to decide which one. Wedding customs vary widely across cultures, reflecting the diversity of traditions and beliefs...

 

10 interesting wedding customs around the world:

  1. Jumping the Broom (African-American tradition): In African-American weddings, the couple jumps over a broom together to symbolize sweeping away the old and welcoming the new, as well as paying homage to African heritage.

    Jumping the Broom (African American tradition)

     

  2. Henna Night (Middle East and South Asia): In many Middle Eastern and South Asian cultures, the bride and sometimes the groom participate in a henna night, where intricate designs are drawn on their hands and feet with henna paste as a symbol of good luck and protection.

    Top 10 most interesting wedding customs in the world

     

  3. Kissing of the Cod (Newfoundland, Canada): In Newfoundland, Canada, there is a tradition called "kissing of the cod." The bride and groom must kiss a codfish during the wedding reception, adding a unique and humorous element to the celebration.

    Kissing of the Cod (Newfoundland, Canada)

     

  4. Money Dance (Various cultures): In several cultures, including Polish and Filipino, there's a tradition called the "money dance" where guests pin money onto the bride and groom's clothing as a gesture of goodwill and financial support.

    Money Dance (Various cultures)

     

  5. Polterabend (Germany): In Germany, the night before the wedding, friends and family come together for a "polterabend" where they break porcelain items to bring good luck to the couple. The couple then cleans up the mess together, symbolizing cooperation in overcoming obstacles.

    Polterabend (Germany)

     

  6. Tying the Knot (Celtic tradition): The phrase "tying the knot" originates from a Celtic tradition where the hands of the bride and groom are tied together with a ceremonial ribbon or cord during the wedding ceremony, symbolizing their unity and commitment.

    Tying the Knot (Celtic tradition)

     

  7. Bridal Kidnapping (Romani tradition): In some Romani communities, a symbolic bridal kidnapping takes place where the groom, with the help of his friends, "abducts" the bride, and the two are later reconciled by their families.

    Bridal Kidnapping (Romani tradition)

     

  8. Unity Bowl (Native American tradition): Some Native American tribes incorporate a Unity Bowl ceremony, where colored sands or stones representing the couple's individual lives are blended together in a symbolic act of unity.

    Unity Bowl (Native American tradition)

     

  9. Mangal Phere (Hindu tradition): In Hindu weddings, the Mangal Phere ritual involves the couple walking around a sacred fire seven times, each lap representing a vow and a promise to support each other in different aspects of life.

    Mangal Phere (Hindu tradition)

     

  10. Ceremonial Lasso (Filipino tradition): In Filipino weddings, a ceremonial lasso or cord is draped over the shoulders of the couple in a figure-eight shape, symbolizing their everlasting unity and bond.

    Ceremonial Lasso (Filipino tradition)

     

These customs demonstrate the richness and cultural significance embedded in wedding traditions around the world.

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Which country has the most lavish weddings?

the United States

In 2022, the most expensive location to hold a wedding worldwide for the couples getting married was The Hamptons, located in the United States. The total wedding cost amounted to roughly 44,000 euros. This was followed by Positano in Italy and Fogo Town in Canada

Related: 

- Who has the most beautiful wedding in the world?
- Which culture has the longest weddings?

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