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Extraordinary Wedding Traditions Around the World

What is the most unusual tradition you’ve ever heard? Specially when it comes to a wedding. Read about these unheard wedding traditions around the world.

Each and every country in the world has their own traditions and sometimes even in the same country we could the different traditional methods when it comes to the same event. That is how much diverse we are. A wedding marks the happy moment of two people deciding to spend their life together. A wedding brings together not only the two who are getting married but two families they belong, to build a new family.

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People around the world has their own wedding traditions which they have been practicing them for a long time. Some traditions have interesting and meaningful stories while some are made for the purpose of entertainment. Somehow because of the cultural differences among different regions some people would find these traditions a bit weird. I will be telling you about such traditions that are extraordinary.


The newly wedded couple leaves the hall after the reception in hope of being alone. But the couples in France do not get to do so. After the wedding ceremony the family and friends would gather around the newlywed’s house and start banging pots and pans and make as much as noise they could. They would not stop until the couple comes out of their house and serve them snacks and drinks. This traditions is called Charivari.

South Korea

The first night is the most special night in the life of newly weds. The south Korean grooms get special treatment prior to the first night with his bride. They get beaten before their first night with the bride. The friends and family members gather around the groom and beat his bare feet with dried fish and sometimes bamboo sticks. While they do the beatings several questions are asked.


A marriage is a serious thing and there are all sorts of activities to prepare the couple for the new life. In Scotland they take this action quite seriously. A day before the ceremony the friends of the couple gather around them and cover the soon to be bride and groom with all kinds of stuff such as flour, ash and feathers. This symbolizes that the couple has to get ready for anything that comes in their way.


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A wedding is always a moment of joy and sadness to the mother of the bride. So it is natural for ladies to get a bit emotional during the ceremony. The same goes to the Chinese brides as well. But not only on the wedding day. The brides in the Chinese tribe Tujia start to cry for an hour a month before the wedding. Eventually her mother and grandmother joins with her and cry together. By the end of the month few female relations get together to cry with the bride. This tradition runs back until the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).


Every newlywed couple’s dream is to be alone after the wedding. The couples in Borneo get to enjoy the company of each other for three days. But in this case the couple is locked in a room to prevent using the bathroom. They have to be stuck in a room for 3 days and 3 nights without any bathroom visits.


It is customary to visit your in laws and bringing gifts when asking their daughter’s hand in marriage. The gentlemen in Fiji who ask a lady’s hand in marriage has to gift a whale’s tooth to the future father in law.


You may spit someone out of disgust. But the people in Masai tribe in Africa the father of the bride spits on her head and her breasts to wish her good luck.


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A porcelain set is a classical wedding gift in many countries. But not in Germany. They do bring porcelain to the wedding but not as gifts. After the wedding ceremony the guests smash the porcelain in front of the couple to cast away evil spirits. After the smashing the couple should clean all the pieces to show their unity in life.


The couples in many weddings are always smiling on their big day. Bu the couples in Congo are not allowed to smile during the whole wedding function. If they do then it is considered as they are not serious about the marriage.


Hindu religious people in India sometimes get married to a banana tree to avoid misfortunes such as early widowhood. After the ceremony they cut down the tree and hold a funeral as well. Then only the bride or groom can marry. According to Indian astrology if a girl or boy was born during a special orientation of asteroids and planets could be widowed once they are married but they can avoid it by marrying a tree as their first marriage.

There is another custom in Indian weddings where the sisters and female cousins of the bride try to steel the shoes of the groom and if they succeed the groom has to pay money to retrieve his shoes.


Dancing with the bride is a special opportunity but in Cuba if you are willing to dance with the bride you can pin money to the her dress to support her expenses in the wedding and honeymoon.


The going away of the couple highlights the end of the party but in Venezuela the couple sneak during the reception and if it is considered that they will be blessed with good luck if non of the guests would see them sneaking out. Also the person who would find out that the couple is gone would be blessed too.


You may undergo various procedures while trying to set a date to your wedding. In Mongolian culture if you are willing to set a date first the couple had to kill a chick and cut it out to find a healthy liver. Until the couple finds a healthy liver they have to repeat the process while holding the knife together. Only after they found the healthy liver they can set the date.


While the couple goes MIA in Venezuela, the brides get kidnapped by the guests in Romania. The bride is kept in a secret place until the groom is able to find her. The groom has to pay a ransom in order to get his bride back. Usually it is a bottle of alcohol or another small task such as singing in front of the crowd.

Sri Lanka

The groom is undoubtedly respected on his wedding day. In Sri Lankan wedding the groom is welcomed after washing his shoes by a male cousin or the brother of the bride. In the ancient times the groom had to walk for miles to get to the bride’s home and his feet could be covered in dirt. So a member in bridal party offers to wash his feet out of respect.

Which one of these wedding traditions do you find unusual or extraordinary? Let me know.

If you haven’t read my previous post about wedding customs read it here

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