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Unique wedding traditions from around the world

Thursday, 27 April 2017
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Wondering whether or not to attend your friendÔÇÖs wedding abroad?

Well you must! Weddings around the globe are filled with wonderful traditions and customs. Many countries have peculiar, borderline bizarre wedding traditions, which are endearing and romantic.

HereÔÇÖs a peek into some unique wedding traditions from around the world.

In Korea, the grooms were supposed to give their future mother-in-laws wild ducks or geese. This was a representation of the groomÔÇÖs pure intention and loyalty to the bride. Times have changed, and now they offer wooden geese or ducks.

In Scotland, on the day before the wedding, the bride and the groom are taken out and covered in treacle, ash, feathers and flour by friends and family. Tradition says by doing so, the bride and the groom is kept safe from evil spirits.

Wedding Traditions Around the World

Weddings are a serious business in Congo, which is why both the bride and the groom cannot smile or laugh during the entire ceremony! Right from the wedding to the reception, they must refrain from smiling, because if they do, it would mean, they are not taking the wedding seriously!

The couple that works together stays happy together. In Germany, brides and grooms clean up piles of shattered porcelain dishes which are broken and strewn in front of their homes by family and friends. This is to show that if the couple works together, they can handle any challenges life throws at them.

On the day of the wedding, the groomÔÇÖs friends plant the Turkish flag in the ground at his home. Depending on the area, various objects such as mirrors or even fruits and vegetables are placed on top of the flag, to signify that the wedding has begun.

Wedding guests work together to ÔÇÿkidnapÔÇÖ the bride from the wedding and demand a ransom from the groom. These ransoms could be anything ranging from malt to singing a song for his bride in front of the entire family.

It is considered good luck for the newlyweds to sneak out of the wedding party before it gets over without anyone noticing them; it is also considered good luck for the guest who catches on after the runaway!

Although weddings are pretty exhausting, they are always fun and enjoyable. ItÔÇÖs more fun to participate in weddings than just reading about them.
So, the next time you are invited to a wedding in a different country, donÔÇÖt hesitate to go!