Customs from Around the World
traditional wedding custom is very special because
it marks the importance and significance of the
marriage bonds which are being celebrated in the
Customs in Brazil
Details of the Wedding Ceremony
A wedding ceremony in Brazil has many
important details. For example, the bridegroom
can't see the bride wearing her wedding dress
before the ceremony. The bride has to use
something old, something new, and something that
is borrowed. One more detail is that the rings
should be engraved: the name of the bridegroom
on the bride's ring and vice-versa.
Customs in China
Details of the Wedding Ceremony
China, if a new couple meets in a park, the
bride and bridegroom should exchange a new
handkerchief and wish each other good luck. It
has to be red and have a picture of mandarin
ducks. Because ducks always stay together, it
means they will stay together.
have this custom so they share happiness and
congratulate each other. Traditionally, the more
happiness you share, the more good luck you get.
So, don't forget to prepare these handkerchiefs
by hand when you are going to get
the Apple at the Same Time
a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony, a couple
always has jokes played on them by their friends
or guests. For example, during the ceremony an
apple is hung with a thread before the couple.
Then people who attend their wedding ask the
bride and groom to bite the apple at the same
time in order to show they love each other.
at the moment their lips touch it, one of their
friends suddenly pulls it away and the couple's
lips meet and they have a big kiss instead of
biting the apple before them. Interestingly,
this action or behavior always causes a loud
is a traditional custom in Colombian Christian
weddings. After the ring ceremony, the groom and
the bride each has to light a candle. This
custom has a special meaning. Each lighted
candle represents the life of each one.
that, they light another candle together and put
out the first candle of each one, leaving only
the one that they lit as a couple. This bright
candle means that now they are the same body and
they are going to share every moment of their
a Christian ceremony in Colombia there is the
"candle ceremony" after the ring ceremony where
the groom has to light the candle on his left
and the bride lights the candle on her right.
When they both have their candles lit, they put
them together and light the candle in the
middle. Then they have to put out their own
candles and this means they become just one body
for the rest of their lives.
the Girl's Father for Permission
my country, the engagement is an event previous
to the wedding. One month before the wedding,
the groom asks the girl's father for permission
to take the girl out of her family house. He
goes to her house early in the morning with a
band, if he can afford the expense. All the
neighbors come to see the new bride and to tell
her something nice
the Bride to the Church
the wedding ceremonies around the world try to
express different things through different
ceremonies. For some reason, in some places in
El Salvador, when a wedding is celebrated, the
wedding ceremony service starts without the
bride. The groom and all the people who have
been invited to the ceremony are waiting for her
during the service.
the wedding ceremony service starts, a group of
seven men goes to the bride's home. The bride
and her family are waiting for seven white cars
which escort the bride's car until they arrive
at the church. Finally, the bride enters the
church and then the nuptial song starts playing.
Evening with Lots of Broken Porcelain
days before the wedding, friends and relatives
bring old porcelain and kitchenware to throw on
the ground in front of bride and groom. This is
supposed to grant them a happy, lucky life;
that's why this evening event is called
Polterabendthe evening with
lots of broken porcelain.
German proverbScherben bringen
Glückwhich can be
translated as "Broken crockery brings you luck."
is derived from this custom. The
Polterabend often develops into an
informal and casual party.
a Holy Shower
Java, the bride and the groom mustnt meet
each other on this day because that would bring
them bad luck. In the photo [above] I
was receiving a holy shower with water and
flowers from my mother.
Wine Ceremony Symbolizes Dedication
Shinto wedding has a typical ceremony. A couple
drinks Japanese rice wine in front of a priest.
First, the bride drinks the wine from a small
cup. Next, the bride passes the cup to the groom
and he also drinks the wine from the cup. They
try to drink wine three times. This ceremony
means that they promise to be dedicated each
Have Daughters and Sons
a bridegroom smiles a lot in a wedding, he will
get a daughter as a first child. If a bride
takes some nuts, she will get a lot of sons.
(Traditionally, the parents of a bridegroom
throw nuts and plums to a bride after a wedding.
At that time, a bride takes nuts or plums in her
Bouquet for the Virgin Mary
Mexico at a Catholic wedding ceremony, the bride
offers her bouquet to the Virgin Mary and leaves
it at the foot of the statue in order to thank
her and ask her for a good life and for her
blessing. This is a solemn moment at the end of
the ceremony. After that, she meets her groom
and they receive the priest's blessing and that
means the ceremony is finished.
Parties in Arabic Countries
have to do a big celebration and use special
kinds of candles. Also, we use henna. It
looks like the hair color mixture but we use it
to make nice designs on the hands like
Pinch of Red-Coloured Powder on the Bride's
of the important events in our traditional
wedding is that the groom puts a pinch of
red-coloured powder on the bride's forehead.
This symbolizes that they are now husband and
wife. This red color on the woman's forehead
differentiates whether she is married or
Cutting of the Cake
the bride and groom start walking to the wedding
cake, all the wedding guests move out of the way
and look in anticipation at the bride and groom.
the groom holds the bride's hand carefully and
together they hold the knife. After they cut a
small piece of the cake, the groom holds the
piece of cake and the bride eats a bit of it.
After that the bride holds that piece of cake
and lets the groom bite another bit of the
the attendants start cheering and clapping for
them. The cutting of the cake symbolizes that
the couple have started taking care of each
other and looking after each other.
Took the Bridegroom?
my country (Saudi Arabia), after the wedding
ceremony, the religious man says that the bride
and the bridegroom are man and wife. Then the
bridegroom goes to a party halla
special hall for weddingsnear his
house. His friends follow him in their cars and
honk their horns and flash their lights, so the
people know that there is a wedding
special thing is the food. At the party, they
cook special, traditional foodrice
and a whole sheep on a big plateand
they cook 8-15 plates because usually there are
a lot of people at the party.
dinner, the bridegroom goes out from the back
door and takes his wife to start their
honeymoon, but sometimesor
usuallyhis friends will play big
jokes on him. For example, they may take him
before he leaves with his wife to have a picnic
in a place he cannot get back from (the desert)
for about 2-3 days to make him late for his
Note if You're Getting Married in
a groom's friend cuts a piece of the groom's
tie, he'll get married soon.
the bride wears something blue, she'll have a
the groom sees the bride's dress, she'll have
bad luck during the ceremony.
Groom Has to Promise to Take Care of the
the morning of the wedding day, the very first
thing that happens is for the groom to pick the
bride up from her house. Before the groom sees
the bride, he has to kneel down in front of the
bride's parents and promise them that he will
take good care of their daughter. After that the
groom is allowed to take the bride to the car
which is waiting outside the house. Then the
whole day ceremony will begin.
and Games for the Bridegroom
Taiwan, a bridesmaid and best man are not
necessary in a traditional wedding because
usually the parents will play these roles.
bride and bridegroom can not see each other the
day before the wedding.
will design some games or tests and the
bridegroom has to pass them before he can take
his wife to get married. For example, friends
will ask the groom about the bride's private
he answers correctly, he can go on to the next
game, but if he doesn't pass the game, he has to
give money to everyone and then he can go to the
next step of the game playing.
friends want to teach the groom it is not so
easy for a man to get married to a beautiful
Can't Read Your Name, So You're Next!
Turkey, when a girl gets married, all her female
friends write their names inside her bridal
shoes. After the wedding ceremony, if someone's
name has been rubbed off and can not be read
anymore, it means this person is going to get
Superstitions in Turkey
you get married between two annual religious
festivals that are two months apart, you might
you write the name of one of your friends under
the sole of your shoes in your wedding ceremony,
and it is erased, he/she will wed in a short
period of time.
you catch a candy which is thrown by the bride,
you will wed in a short period of
to Love and Take Care of Each Other
most important and unforgettable event of
someone's life is marriage. In Venezuela, the
groom has to promise his bride to love her his
whole life and to take her forever.
bride also has to repeat the same commandments.
It is popular for the couple to sing the
promises to each other. This moment is really
beautiful. In addition, the couple receives a
list of commandments.
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