Diversity is one of the factors that makes humanity beautiful. It is always interesting to learn how other people do things compared to what we are accustomed to. Weddings and marriages are some of the aspects that carry huge diversity. A Jewish wedding is different from an Islamic wedding and so forth. However, there are some wedding traditions that most people might find a little bit “unusual.” As we celebrate different cultures and traditions worldwide, this piece highlights 12 wedding traditions that aren’t as common.

1. Not Going to the Bathroom for Three Days After the Wedding

A tribe called Tidong in Indonesia and Malaysia does not allow its newlyweds to go to the washroom for three days straight. To ensure the rule is followed, a guard is hired to keep an eye on them. They are, however, permitted to eat small amounts of food and water. Participants believe the tradition helps chase away evil spirits and prevent the couple from divorcing.

2. Flogging of the Groom’s Feet

South Korea has a wedding tradition where relatives and family members beat the groom’s feet. Traditionally known as falaka or bastinado, it was a form of corporal punishment in medieval times. However, today, those who practice it view it as a preparation for the humiliation and difficulties the groom will likely face in their marriage.

3. Smashing Plates

The Greeks believe happy occasions such as weddings attract evil spirits that are not amused when humans are having a good time. As such, wedding attendees usually break/smash plates to dupe the evil spirits into thinking that nothing exciting is happening in their gathering.

4. Congolese Don’t Smile While Attending Weddings

While wedding ceremonies are joyous activities for most people worldwide, they are nothing to smile about for Congolese. The bride and groom are forbidden from smiling; they walk with their heads down and aren’t supposed to look at anyone. Anyone who smiles at a wedding is considered not serious or demeaning to the occasion.

5. Kissing of the Bride and Groom by Other Men/Women

In Sweden, if a bride or groom leaves the room, the one left behind can be kissed by other men or women. This is typically a friendly kiss on the cheek, and as it happens, the crowd or guests stomp their feet or clap their hands in celebration.

6. Bride Crying Before Her Wedding

Among the Tujia people of China, the bride is supposed to cry for about an hour every day before her wedding. Apparently, crying symbolizes the grief she is experiencing because she will soon be leaving her family. According to the Tujia people, the more a bride cries, the more intelligent she is perceived.

7. Joota Chupai

In Indian weddings, the bride’s sisters and cousins steal the groom’s shoes, ideally the night before. To get his shoes back, the groom has to pay some ransom. This is a joyous ritual; sometimes, the bride’s side of the family attempts to prevent the shoes from being stolen. Joota Chupai is more of a game that both families use to bond their relationship.

8. Kidnapping of the Bride

While the Indians steal shoes, the Romans kidnap brides before the wedding day. Friends and the bride’s family take her to an anonymous location, before calling the groom and asking him for ransom. while money is acceptable, it doesn’t always have to be so; it can be a gift or a romantic gesture.

9. Spitting on the Bride and Their Dress

In a tribe called the Maasai from Kenya, the father of the bride usually spits on her wedding dress/gown as a way of blessing her marriage. Spitting is also portrayed as a sign of farewell and is believed to bring good luck to the newlyweds. Note that it’s always older people spitting at the younger ones; reversing this is viewed as an insult.

10. Gifting of Geese

In Korea, there is a wedding tradition where the groom gifts the bride a goose or a duck. This is mainly a symbolic gesture, considering geese are monogamous animals. The birds stay as a pair all year around and never allow nonfamily members near them. Therefore, for the Koreans who practice the tradition, the geese symbolize the commitment and loyalty the newlyweds plan to offer one another.

11. Secretly Leaving the Party

It’s a common practice for the bride and groom to wait till the end of the party and give a vote of thanks. Actually, they are usually the last people to leave the party. But in Venezuela, the newlyweds have a tradition of sneaking away from the party without even saying goodbye to the guests. This practice is believed to bring good luck.

12. Wearing Crowns to Deviate Evil Spirits

The Norwegians tend to add a crown to a bride’s attire. It can either be a golden or silver crown. But whatever the design, the main purpose of this crown is to deviate evil spirits. The Norwegians believe that as the crown tinkles, it gets rid of any evil spirits that may be intending to harm the newlyweds.

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Last Update: May 1, 2024