Discover more than 22 strange habits of celebrating marriages around the world

The wedding is an occasion to celebrate, organize family meetings and practice traditions that vary from culture to culture. All persons from a particular country or culture don't need to practice the same traditions. In a report by Rachel Askanasi published by The Insider, we discover 27 strange habits of celebrating marriages around the world.


America. The bride receives a bouquet.
In the United States, the bride throws a bouquet behind her, and the bachelorettes jump to pick it up.

Philippines. The two partners free two pigeons.
At the Philippine wedding, the partners free two oval pigeons, since the bathroom is a symbol of a successful marriage.

Guatemala. The groom's mother breaks a bell.
In Guatemala, when the newlyweds arrive, the groom's mother breaks a white bell made of porcelain filled with grain, so that the couple can enjoy well-being and prosperity.


Ireland. The bell rings.
At traditional Irish weddings, it is customary for the bell to be ringing after the couple reads their vows because they believe that the bell exorcises evil spirits.

Korea. The groom's mother receives a wooden sculpture
In traditional Korean marriage ceremonies, the groom's mother throws a duck or goose wood to the bride, believing that if she can pick her up, her first child will be a boy, and if she fails, she will have a daughter.

Venezuela. The newlyweds are running away from the party.
In Venezuela, the bride and groom's escape from the reception without being caught is a tradition, and their success is a good fortune for them and the guest who is also noticing their exit from the ceremony.

Greece. The best man shaves the groom's chin.
During the traditional wedding in Greece, the bridesmaid shaves the groom's chin, while his friends and family help him wear his suit.

Italy. Guests throw almonds.
In Italy, guests throw the tuns (sugar-coated almonds) at the newlyweds, expressing gratitude and wishes for health and happiness. This custom dates back to ancient Roman times.



Germany. Cutting the trunk of a tree
A tradition that newlyweds in Germany have to adhere to, cutting a tree trunk together with a saw, the first challenge they face together as a couple, and guests may smash porcelain dishes on the ground, believing they exorcise evil spirits.
After the ceremony, the couple is usually welcomed out of their home by their friends, who draw a heart on the bedsheet. Using scissors, the newlyweds cut this heart, so that the groom carries his wife and passes through her from the heart hole.

Japan. The newlyweds and their parents drink sake.
In traditional Japanese weddings, the bride, groom and their parents take three sips of three glasses of sake wine, indicating the official connection between the two families.
During the Shinto wedding ceremony in Japan, the bride wears a white dress with a kimono and a headscarf, as they see white as a sign of her status as an unmarried young girl.

Peru. A wedding cake with ribbons and a fake ring.
In Peru, the traditional wedding cake contains ribbons, one of which is tied to a fake wedding ring, and when an attendee gets the ring ribbon, she is said to be the next bride.

India. The bride's family girls steal the groom's shoes.
Indian tradition requires the bride's family girls to steal and hide the groom's shoes. After trying to find him, he will have to negotiate with them to get him back.

India and Pakistan. Headcover to protect against envy
The headscarf worn by the groom during Indian and Pakistani marriage ceremonies is intended to protect him from the envious eye.

England. That's where I grew up, picking up a bouquet.
Flower bouquets are commonly picked up all over the world, but they originated in England, where single women gather at the wedding behind the bride to throw the bouquet at them. It is believed that the one who holds the bouquet will then be lucky.

China. Red dominates weddings
In China, traditional weddings are dominated by red, with the bride wearing a red veil and carrying a red umbrella;
Stealing chicken during traditional weddings for the people of South China's Kong people is also a common ritual.

Australia. Unit pot stones
Newlyweds in Australia keep a bowl called "unity bowl", filled with colored stones, and symbolizes the ability of the two families to add color to the lives of the two partners.

Fiji. A whale tooth necklace is a precious gift.
In the Republic of Fiji, the tape necklace made from the teeth of whales tied to palm fiber thread is a precious gift given to the groom by the groom to his wife.

Nigeria. Throwing money at the bride
In Nigeria, guests throw money at the bride as she enters the dance floor with her husband, a sign that guests wish the couple good luck in their lives.

Russia. The couple share carvers bread.
Carvery bread is served at Russian weddings for sharing, decorated with wheat and interlocking rings symbolizing prosperity and fidelity.

Spain. The groom's friend cuts off his tie and sells it.
In Spain, the groom's best friend cuts his tie, then sells it to guests to raise money for the newlyweds.

France. Portable toilet gift for newlyweds
In France, guests give the newlyweds a portable toilet that was very popular before the advent of indoor plumbing.

The Maasai people. The bride's father spits on her.
At traditional Maasai weddings in Kenya and Tanzania, the bride's father spits on her, as a kind of blessing.

Jews. One of the couple tramples on a cup
Jewish marriage ceremonies usually end with one of the spouses stepping on glass, a reminder that where there is happiness, suffering must also be remembered.

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