The wedding day is almost always a memorable event, which is little in life. So people try to think up something unusual for him, to distinguish even more from a series of gray everyday life. Today, it’s not fashionable to have ordinary feasts, and photoshoots against the background of local monuments.
But folk traditions still cause interest. But in some countries there are such wedding ceremonies that ordinary people generally would discourage interest in marriage. We will tell below about the most strange, and sometimes shocking, customs, rituals and traditions associated with marriage.
There is still an unusual wedding tradition in the Scottish villages. There, the bride is showered with mud before the wedding, doing this in the literal sense. Of course, this does not happen on the day of the ceremony itself, but in any of the preceding ones, when a future celebration is already announced. In this case, it’s not enough to pour a girl with dirty water to Scots. They are preparing a special mixture! It includes a large number of sticky and unpleasant substances – sauces, eggs, butter, pasta, sour milk. The negative fluids are only welcome! The poor bride is poured from head to toe with this eerie mixture. But here the ritual participants do not rush to let her go home. The girl is driven around the city, setting up all the drinking establishments. After all, everyone should see that the ritual has been successfully performed. What is its meaning in general? According to one of the local beliefs after such humiliation all subsequent antics of the husband will seem to the wife already inessential.
Curious traditions associated with the wedding, there is in India. In some of its states it is believed that if a girl was born immediately with a milk tooth in the upper gum, that evil spirits are against her. Such a mark ensures death from tiger paws or other accident. But there is a way out – you must marry a dog! And do not look for logic here. Fortunately, such a marriage does not require the performance of marital duties on both sides. Such a rite allows you to ward off evil spirits, as a result of which, in a few years, a girl can, like her friends, marry in the usual way. If the girl did not marry the dog, then it does not guarantee anything. After all, under certain conditions, she can get married … for a tree! The fact is that in local astrology there is the concept of Kuja Dosh. These are the moments of finding Mars in 1, 4, 7, 8 or 12 houses. The one who was born on such a day is called “mangalik”. According to the legends of such a woman, the husband will certainly die before the due date. You can avoid this only by marrying a tree. However, the bride has even the right to choose – you can become the wife of a banana, or you can – ficusa pipala. After the end of the wedding ceremony, the “husband” is ritually destroyed, and a woman can marry a man with a clear conscience. And such customs are by no means a rarity – through this had to pass the famous actress Aishwarya Rai. And men in India have their own reasons for marrying a tree. So, in Madras, the younger brother was forbidden to marry, while the elder brother was still single. But if the wedding was not avoided, the elder brother officially married a tree, which was immediately destroyed. Thus, through the simulated death of the “daughter-in-law”, the younger brother could play his wedding.
In Ireland, for a long time there was an unusual tradition, it is still observed in small villages today. According to the ceremony, during the wedding dances, the bride should not have to tear her feet from the ground so that the fairies are not abducted by her. After all, these little creatures, according to the legend, adore all the most beautiful. And is there anything more beautiful at the wedding than the bride? Also in Ireland, the bride at the wedding was given a ring or bracelet from a man’s hair. Such a souvenir should help to connect lovers for life.
Any bride strives for a wedding to lose weight, but there are countries where in the fashion very different standards of beauty. For example, in Mauritania, a thin girl is considered ugly. Is it any wonder that from the age of 5-9 girls begin to prepare intensively for the wedding – to feed? There are special institutions where parents give their daughters.There, cruel warders make the unfortunate eat through strength. In this case, it is supposed to swallow a large amount of food. So, only millet porridge you need to eat 2 kilograms a day, and camel milk while you need to drink about 20 liters. This tradition provides for the final fattening right before the wedding. Prior to several months, the bride is sitting in a special room, eating hearty dishes. There is no need to talk about health here. Such a sad tradition has practically disappeared in the country, but was reborn after the 2008 military coup. Yes, and in Nigeria, Mali and the north of Cameroon is also in the honor of a magnificent bride.
Traditionally, it is believed that weddings are the happiest day for the young, followed immediately by a happy honeymoon. But on the island of Borneo there lives the Tidong tribe, in which everything is the opposite. Here the honeymoon is a cruel trial. First of all, the newlyweds for three days after the wedding are not allowed to go to the toilet. Avoid this prohibition is impossible – all this time they are closely watched by relatives, trying to limit the amount of food and drinks. Only if the newlyweds could pass this test, they will have a happy joint living. But those who could not resist or preferred deception, waiting in marriage grief, quarrels and early death of the first-born.
In the Nicobar Islands, if the honeymoon comes, then only the bride. The bridegroom for six months voluntarily becomes a slave in his wife’s house, performing all the hard work. But then all this falls on the shoulders of his wife. It is believed that the husband must first of all evaluate her work. But in Finland the bride, on the contrary, enters the house to the future spouse even before the wedding, though only for a week. After all, you need to get acquainted with the future economy.
If most countries have a wedding night as the final chord of the wedding, it is customary in Uzbekistan that the groom stay alone with the young wife only on the second day of the celebration. Immediately on the night of the wedding with the bride will be spending the night her closest relatives – mother, grandmother, aunt. After the end of the wedding night a husband of 40 days can not leave his wife in the dark. Ideally, it is believed that throughout this period the newlyweds should not part, but today this tradition of honeymoon is almost not observed.
Its unusual wedding traditions are among the Tujia people who live in China. There, the bride must be a whole month before the wedding with the onset of darkness … cry! 10 days after the start of the “tear marathon”, the mother joins the girl, another 10 days later – other relatives, and right before the wedding, her friends. According to the rite, such an abundance of tears before the wedding guarantees the bride a happy and long life in marriage. That is why the art of crying and singing while special songs in the tribe are taught since early childhood. After all, if a girl could not learn to cry well, then her unsuccessful marriage awaits.
To play a wedding in Bali, and the bride and groom must first pre-saw the fangs and incisors. This ritual is very important for local people, because it symbolizes their entry into adulthood. On the island, it is commonly believed that the fangs of a man are related to animal fangs. As a result, unbroken teeth can become a source of animal instincts. To curb them in total, 6 teeth are treated, this number corresponds to 6 cast out vices – envy, greed, anger, stupidity, lust and gluttony. They file teeth to a person, even after his death, just before cremation. After all, if this is not done, then the Gods can take the deceased for the animal. It is believed that after filing the girl’s fangs, she gets out of the custody of her father. If the ceremony takes place before the wedding, then the girl passes under the responsibility of her husband. But with the young men the situation is quite different: the father does not lose his duties.He is to provide a married son with money, having paid the entire wedding celebration.
In the Chechen Republic it is believed that the wife should be modest and seasoned. Traditionally, for a given people during a celebration, the bride is placed in a corner, away from the gaze of the guests. Traditions force her to spend all day on her feet, you can not talk to her husband’s relatives until they turn to her. The bride’s restraint is even checked. Each of the relatives alternately asks the girl to bring a glass of water, and when she does this, they try to talk her. For this, there are several proven ways: you can play a trick on the bride’s appearance, praise, or you can discuss the groom. If the girl does not stand up and responds to causticism, then this will testify to her incontinence and stupidity. All that she is allowed to say: “Drink to health!”. Another traditional feature of the marriage among Chechens is that the bride is forbidden to be named for the relatives of her husband. Instead, common words should be used, for example “dear”, “respected”, “respectable”.
In Libya, a wedding is celebrated with a maximum scale and lasts about 8 days. On the sixth day there is a rather interesting ritual. The groom gives his beloved a basket of gifts, guff. Usually there enter perfume, incense and fabric. The bride should not just accept the gift and consider it, but also try out some of them. For this, one of the girl’s relatives is invited, for example, a sister who must get the incense donated and rub them in the heel of the bride. According to the beliefs, this will enable the man to keep his husband under the heel for the rest of his life. And the wedding festivities in this country are worthy of a separate mention. If the groom lives in his own house, then the feast takes place in the garden. If there is no shelter for the young, the family directly in the street is breaking a huge tent, hemu. However, it can even interfere with the movement of pedestrians and transport, but people here refer to this with understanding – a wedding is being played.
In the Baltic States, everyone is waiting for the groom to cry out in pain during the dance. After all, this is evidence that the bride observed a long tradition. The girl just has strength to step on her husband’s leg to make sure that she does not have a devil with hoofs.
In England there is a long beautiful tradition – the bride must wear something new, something old, something borrowed and certainly something heavenly blue on her wedding day. The old object is usually a brooch or a necklace – they symbolize the connection with the ancestors. The new thing means a happy future, a thing borrowed from a happy friend of a thing serves as a talisman. The blue color symbolizes modesty and fidelity, and diversifies the color range of the outfit.
In Kenya, the hands and nails of the bride are decorated with black and red patterns to drive away evil spirits from her. Here in general strange traditions. So, the young husband all the first month after the wedding should walk in women’s clothing. This will make him understand the woman’s position, and also drive away the temptations in the form of young coquette.