5 different wedding traditions all over the world

We examine some of the most bizarre wedding traditions, from France’s stomach-sucking La Soupe ritual and German plates smashing to Borneo’s ban on the bathroom after a wedding and China’s brides who cry.

#1. South Korea: Beating the Groom’s Feet

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After their wedding ceremony, Some South Korean grooms must undergo a specific ritual before leaving with their wives for the first time: the beating of their feet. His groomsmen or family members take off the groom’s shoes and tie his ankles using rope, before each one beating his feet with sticks or, sometimes, a dried fish. Although it is obviously painful, the ceremony will be completed quickly and intended to be fun rather than a punishment. Since the groom is frequently questioned and quizzed during the ceremony, beating the feet is an assessment of the husband’s newlywed ability and character.

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#2. Kenya: Maasai Marriage Spitting

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In the wedding ceremonies held by Kenya‘s Maasai tribe, It is common to have the groom’s father throw poop at his daughter’s breasts and head before she departs with her husband. It may sound like a strange or disrespectful tradition to certain traditions has a place in Maasai culture, where the act of spitting is considered an indicator of good luck and luck. Spitting is a common practice in different areas of Maasai culture as well. Maasai tribespeople splash spits on their hands before making respectful handshakes with their elders. Spitting on newborn Maasai babies is customary to avoid bad luck.

#3. Scotland: Blackening

Stag and hen celebrations are taken to the extreme. In some parts of Scotland that are typically within the islands of Orkney, Fife, Aberdeenshire, and Angus, the brides and grooms have been subjected to a dirty blackening ritual. It is usually performed before the day of the wedding Blackening is the process of the groom’s or bride’s family members getting hold of the soon-to-be-married couple and covering them with the mixture of soot, treacle, feathers, and flour before walking them through the streets. Based on the University of the Highlands and Islands in Inverness, the custom is performed to keep away evil spirits.

#4. India: Kumbh Vivah

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It is believed that in India the country of India, women born under the astrological sign Mangal Dosha (a Hindu symbol of astrology) are known as Mangliks as they are considered to be cursed with bad luck, particularly when they marry, as the curse is believed to cause tension, and possibly death. To alleviate this curse, it is thought that a Kumbh vivah is a ritual in which the bride marries either a peepal, banana tree, or idol of god Vishnu and is held before the actual wedding ceremony to break the curse. Bollywood performer and Miss World 1994 winner Aishwarya Rai Bachchan performed a Kumbh live before her wedding to actor Abhishek Bachchan in 2007.

#5. Germany: Polterabend & Baumstamm Sagen

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On the day of sure German weddings, guests are invited to the bride’s home to throw crockery pieces around to create the tradition of the Polterabend thought to give luck to the couple. The couple then has to pick up the debris to show that by working together, they can conquer any obstacle they face in their married life. The same tradition can be found in the form of Baumstamm Say, where newlyweds are shown the half-cut of a tree before their guests, a symbol of the importance of working together in their wedding.

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