1. China – Preplanned crying
The Tujia people in China has a tradition that one month before the wedding ceremony, the bride must cry every one hour in every day. This is a sign of expressing joy and happiness about the upcoming event. One week later, mother of the bride will join her, then her grandmother and by noon of the wedding day, all the female relatives will end up sitting and crying together in different tones.
2. Germany – Polterabend
In Germany, there’s wedding tradition that, friends and relatives of the bride and groom come to their home on wedding eve to smash all porcelain objects. They will bring dishes as gifts and smash them as well sometimes. They believe that, the more dishes broken, the happier the couple will be. It is because of the sound of smashed dishes scares away evil spirits and brings good luck to the married couple. Do they clean it after? Yes, the bride and groom will clean up everything to prepare for their new life of various obstacles
3. Kenya – Spitting on the bride
This is common among Massai culture in Kenya. The bride will go through a lot even before her married life. At first, her mother in law to be will shave her head and rub it with lamb fat. After that, the father of the bride will spit on her newly shaved head and breast. They believe that this is the way of showing the hurt feels of the father towards her daughter as the daughter leaves her family soon and never look back. In other way, spitting on the bride is a way of blessing.
4. Scotland – Blackening the bride
Scotland has the weirdest wedding tradition where in the noon of the wedding day, the relatives and friends of the bride will collect the most disgusting things they can find, usually spoiled milk, food leftovers, dead fish, mud and some feathers on the top of that and throw it all on the bride. Then she is tied to a tree, and only that, her friends take her to the nearest bar to get some drinks but still no shower for the bride. The scottish people believe that, if the bride can stay all the grossness and humiliation of the pre wedding, life with her husband will be not a problem for her.
5. Korea – Beating the groom’s feet
In South Korea, the groom’s feet will be beaten by his friends after the wedding day. They will take off his shoes, tie his feet together and start beating them with cane or fish. It is just for fun and not to hurt him. This is just a belief that a groom will have some special power for the upcoming wedding night.
6. India – Stealing the groom’s shoes
This one is such a fun wedding tradition in India, where the groom’s shoes will be stolen by the bride’s family, friends and usually the bridesmaids once he enters the wedding hall. While the groom’s side has to protect the shoes as hard as they can, but the bride’s side always wins over. By the way, to get back the shoes, they can demand as much as they want and the groom will have to satisfy the demands. If not, he will not be able to marry the bride.
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