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Weddings around the World 💍 (Part1)

  • Armenia : Break Bread 

As the bride and groom entered the house, they would break a plate which brought good luck. The couple were to be greeted by the groom’s mother who offered them Lavash—a type of Armenian bread—and honey. Eating a spoon of honey symbolized happiness for the newlyweds. They wore the lavash on their shoulders for good luck and to keep away evil spirits. At this time, the guests showered them with sweets, nuts and coins for a warm welcome and gave the couple gifts, money and jewels. The celebration then continued with amazing foods, drinks, and traditional Armenian music and dancing until late evening.

  • Congo : Are you Serious ?!
 
While most about-to-be marrieds brim with excitement and anticipation, Congolese brides and grooms must keep their happiness in check — during their entire wedding day, from ceremony to reception, the two are not allowed to smile. If they do, it would mean they weren’t serious about marriage.
  •  France : Potty Mouth

-Good news: French brides and grooms traditionally eat chocolate and champagne after the reception.

-Bad news: They must consume these treats from a toilet bowl. The point is to give the twosome strength before their wedding night; unfortunately, it might give them something else.

  • China: Bullseye!

Let’s hope the groom remembers to remove the arrowheads. In China, a prospective husband will shoot his bride with a bow and arrow several times then collects the arrows and breaks them during the ceremony, to ensure their love lasts forever. What would Cupid do?

  • China: Take a seat :

A bride’s family would hire a “good-luck” woman to take care of her as she traveled from her home to the groom’s in an elaborately decorated sedan chair. Attendants were busy shielding the bride with parasols and tossing rice (a symbol of health and prosperity) at the chair

  • China: When Bridesmaids Haze

In this lighthearted tradition, Chinese bridesmaids give the groom a hard time on the wedding day by putting him (and sometimes his guys) through a series of tests and challenges to prove that he’s worthy of the bride. Then he must pay off the girls with envelopes full of money. That’s what friends are for!

  • China : Grab a tissue 

Brides and females of the Tujia people in China take wedding tears to a whole different level. Starting one month in advance the bride starts to cry for one hour everyday. Ten days into the waterworks her mother joins the picture, and 10 days after that grandma does the same. By the end of the month every female in the family is crying alongside the bride. The tradition is believed to be an expression of joy, as the women weep in different tones, reminiscent of a song.

  • Niger : So you think you can dance 

You’ve heard of the Chicken Dance. In the West Africa country of Niger, there’s the camel dance done at the reception in the desert by a real camel. The humpback animal gets his groove on to a rhythmic drumbeat surrounded by wedding guests.

 

 

 

  • Greece : A close shave 

 

Taking the term “groomsman” literally, on his wedding day, the groom’s BFF becomes his barber when he pulls out a razor and shaves his face. But the groom’s day also has a sweet side: His new mother-in-law will feed him honey and almonds.

 

  • Lebanon : Party On!

In Lebanon, the wedding celebration, the Zaffeh, gets off to a rowdy start with music, belly dancing and shouting at both the groom’s and bride’s homes courtesy of the couple’s friends, family and occasionally pro dancers and musicians. Eventually everyone ends up at the bride’s house where the couple is showered with blessings and flower petals as they leave for the ceremony.

 

 

  • Czechoslovakia : Oh , Baby!

Before the ceremony, an infant is placed on the couple’s bed to bless and enhance their fertility. Once they’ve wed, guests shower them with rice, peas or lentils to also promote fertility.

 

  • Pakistan : What a steale!!

 

 

The bride’s sisters and female cousins make off with the groom’s shoe and, if he wants it back, he must pay ransom money for its safe return. This is one way to kick things up a notch!

 

 

 

  • Germany : What a Smash!

 

In their first bit of housekeeping together, German brides and grooms clean up piles of porcelain dishes that their guests threw on the ground to ward off any evil spirits. The lesson: working together, the couple can face any challenge thrown their way.

 

  • Germany: Redefining Teamwork

After getting married, couples in the country are presented with a large log and a saw. By sawing the log in half, it is believed they are proving their ability to work together in overcoming obstacles.

 

 

  • Japan : An All white dress code 

On her wedding day, the Japanese bride having a traditional Shinto ceremony wears white from head to toe, including makeup, kimono and hood. White denotes her maiden status; the hood hides her “horns of jealousy” she feels towards her mother-in-law.

                                                                                                                                                                 *Youssra Erraki

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