A wedding may be a universal celebration, but for some it is an incredible crazy adventure. Throwing the bouquet, scandalously removing the garter, the couple’s first dance, the cutting of the cake, and the life-affirming moment that the Electric Slide begins – these are all wedding traditions that most of us know and love.
There are also traditions that can be gross and terrifying to those who are not used to them.
THE BLACKENING OF THE BRIDE
In Scotland, the bride-to-be, and sometimes even her groom, are pelted with all manner of disgusting things from rotten eggs to treacle and fish. It is believed that if you can withstand this you can withstand anything, including marriage.
THE BRIDESMAID BLOCKADE
In China, when a groom comes to get his bride, he must first break through an aggressive wall of her angry bridesmaids. They request money from him, and put him through a series of silly performances and tasks. In this way he will prove just how strong his love really is.
THE COURTING HUT
In some African tribes, fathers have not allowed suitors to visit their daughter at home. Daughters got their own “courting huts” in which they could entertain suitors away from the watchful eyes of their parents.
THE BRIDAL KIDNAPPING
In Krygyzstan, it is believed that the tears on a wedding day will make for a happy marriage. In 1991, many parents would give permission for the marriage of a kidnapped young girl, especially if she was crying.
It is a very strange tradition. In Borneo, one tribe does not allow the female marriage partners to leave their homes during their wedding day. They are not even allowed to go to the bathroom. It is believed that this will bring the couple good luck.
THE GEREWOL FESTIVAL FOR THE LADIES
The men in Niger, dress up in elaborate costumes, put on make-up and dance for their potential mates. At the end of the performance, the women get to choose the man they like best.
BEATING THE GROOM’S FEET: KOREA
In Korea it is ordinary for the groom to have his feet beaten with fish and canes the night before his wedding. This is supposed to make sure the groom does not disappoint on his wedding night.
THE QUESTIONABLE MATE-GRABBING
In some gypsy groups, there is a controversial custom, where male suitors grab a girl and start forcefully kissing her. This might be love, or it can be an unwanted assault.
SPITTING ON THE BRIDE: MASSAI NATION, KENYA
At the wedding ceremony held by the Masai (Maasai) nation of Kenya the father of the bride blesses her by spitting on her head and breasts. Then she leaves with her husband. While walking to her new home, she never looks back as she believes that she will turn to stone.