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Tribal Wedding Traditions across the World

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Summary: Tribal wedding traditions all over the world are more or less similar. After the boy proposes to the girl, the groom’s elderly family members meet the girl’s elderly family members.

The tribal wedding traditions often start with a boy proposing to the girl. After the girl’s acceptance, the boy later calls a meeting with the clan elders that hugely consists of family members comprising of elders. A delegation carries small gifts like rice and wheat. Sometimes goats and cattle are also taken. It is later sent to the girl’s house to meet her family elders. Deliberation on the bride’s price actually begins at a later date. These are conducted strictly by older men. After these negotiations are complete, the wedding date is fixed, with the elder family members having given an acceptable percent of the full dowry.

A Look at Tribal Wedding Traditions all Over the World

The remaining dowry can be given later. The young man must remember to furnish this payment as failure to do this spells dishonor to the family. The wedding ceremony usually involves the whole community. Women organize the menu whereas the men organize monetary matters. The groom is responsible for the bride’s dress. The bride is allowed to select her bride’s maids. Such matters are usually deliberated during pre-wedding occasions. In strictly traditional tribal wedding, there is hardly any usage of official ring and nor is there any official engagement event which is the characteristic of a western wedding for instance.

In addition, wedding photos that largely feature within these occasions were not taken in previous days. On the eve of their wedding, the groom and his relatives visit his would be in laws. This is usually done to aid with the wedding arrangements. Yet, the convoy is never immediately let in the bride’s homestead. Instead the bride’s house gate is locked. A dance and song session begins which acts as a cover for talks. Various goods can be asked from the groom. He willingly agrees to these demands. After this he is allowed into the bride’s compound. The wedding begins with a convoy from the groom’s family that goes to the bride’s house to collect her.

The dancing and singing may be heard all around the village. Many tribal’s, being Christian’s; they go to the church for the wedding ceremony and consequent reception. Tribal weddings are characterized with many guests attending and they are rarely private affair. Wedding photo is taken at this stage. Food is served to the guests and wedding gifts are accepted. Speeches about how to lead life as wife and husband are given. Then dancing and singing is performed late into night. Unlike their western counterparts, tribal couples do not begin their honeymoon. They rather simply go to their new homes and mark the beginning of their new family life together.

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South American Wedding Traditions

Summary: The South American wedding tradition follows a certain set of rituals. They highly regard their family ties. Hence, they make it a point to invite all their near and dear ones to the venue.

The primary South American community includes the Venezuelan, Chilean and Argentinean communities. The wedding traditions of South Americans are similar to one another, though every community has their own interpretation of their cultures. Couples perform such ceremonies accompanied by both the extended and immediate family members, since this is essential in establishing strong family ties or relationships. They have certain cultural guidelines which assist them in organizing the engagement ceremony. They have traditional ministers that unite both the bride and the groom into holy matrimony. Prior to getting married, this priest usually confirms if the groom and bride have asked their parents.

A Look at South American Wedding Traditions

The South American people value their relation with their priests. This explains the reason why they usually inform them prior to telling their parents. They think that if a priest blesses a couple, they shall get good luck. The South Americans value their family ties and hence they need to include each family member during the preparation. The groom needs to seek the permission of his father-in-law prior to making proposal to the woman he intends to wed. The couples usually introduce one another to their father and mother while they court as this indicates that they wish to marry one other.

South American marriage tradition requires that both families organize civil ceremony to inform all other family people about their wedding plan. This civil ceremony usually takes place one fortnight before the main event. Subsequent to this civil ceremony as well as main service, all invited people attend the reception at a specified venue. These events are vital to the South American community. This spiritual service comprises of more festivity. When their main ceremony continues to be in progression, both families exchange around thirteen gold coins. This is believed to be a symbol of prosperity and good fortune. These gold coins are known as ‘arras’.

The newlyweds generally sneak from their reception venue. This is supposed to bring good fortune to their wedding. The presence of both bridesmaids and best men is a routine thing within South American community. Only people who are permitted to escort this couple are bride’s father and groom’s mother. The South American marriage tradition requires the couple to exchange rings during their engagement ceremony. Their customs prevent them from doing this while taking vows. The South American marriage traditions expect the couple to wear wedding band around their hand before making vows. The South American couples organize traditional engagement ceremonies conducted by the minister who has knowledge about their culture.

African Wedding Traditions

Summary: African wedding traditions focus on family ties and honoring ancestors as a way of asking for wisdom and guidance for the new life that they will live together.
African wedding traditions are considered to be one of the most colorful and family oriented in the world. The fact that marriage in African culture is known to be uniting two families together as one; there is a huge focus when it comes to getting the permission or blessings from both families before the wedding is even considered. Here are some of the most popular African wedding traditions today.
Knocking on the Door
In Ghana, the husband to be needs to knock on the door of his future in-laws accompanied by his own family. He comes with gifts and if his knock on the door is acknowledged, only then will formal wedding plans be talked about. Consequently, they might also plan a simple excursion just so both families may be able to come together and bond with one another.
Jumping the broom is an old African wedding tradition. This rite most probably began with the African ritual where a broom symbolizes the sweeping off of old problems. In the era of the slave trade, African –Americans that were brought to America were forbidden to get married or live together as husband and wife. So what they essentially did was to jump over a broom in order to signify their intention to wed with one another. For modern day Africans, it is still being practiced at the end of the ceremony. The broom is handmade and is intricately decorated and is usually prominently displayed in the home of the happy couple.
Crossing sticks is another African wedding tradition where the happy couple presents their commitment to one another by crossing wooden sticks. The act actually represents the life force that is present in trees and symbolizes the desire for a good foundation and a new beginning with one another.
Another popular African wedding tradition calls for what is called a tribute ceremony or Tambiko. This is practiced in honor of the couple’s ancestors. What they essentially do is they use alcohol or holy water that is poured on the ground in specific directions while prayers are being recited. They then call out the names of their dead ancestors as a way to honor them as well as ask for the guidance and wisdom for their new life together as husband and wife. These are just some of the most popular African wedding traditions that are still being practiced to this day.

European Wedding Traditions

Summary: Many of the modern day wedding traditions that are commonplace in almost any culture around the world have their origins in European weddings.
A lot of the modern wedding day traditions practiced in many countries has their roots in European wedding traditions. These rites stem from a mixture of religious and cultural beliefs that have evolved with the passage of time. Here are some of the European wedding traditions that are still being practiced today.
Among the most celebrated European wedding traditions that have found in its way into many cultures around the world is the practice of giving an engagement ring to the bride to be. This tradition actually began in the year 860 AD. When Pope Nicholas I declared that an engagement ring is a requirement to formally seal an understanding of marriage. He also declared that it be made of gold. Gold was preferred because it symbolized that the husband to be was willing to make a financial sacrifice for his loved one. 617 years later the practice of putting a diamond on an engagement ring was born when in 1477 King Maximilian gave his bride to be the first diamond encrusted engagement ring. Since then brides all over the world have expected their future husbands to give them the same honor.
Another European tradition that has crossed cultural and religious boundaries is the practice of the Best Man. This actually began in Germany during the medieval period. During this tumultuous period it was customary for a groom to resort to kidnap a woman from a neighboring village and he needed a reliable companion or the best man in order to assist him in his quest and also to protect and stand by him during the wedding in order to fend off any relatives that may have doubts about the union.
Something Old, Something New
It was in England where the tradition of getting something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue was first practiced. Getting something old symbolizes the continuity whereas something new represented the future for the couple. Something borrowed represented future happiness and something blue represented the color of purity for both the groom and the bride on their wedding day.
It is quite surprising that the tradition of wearing a white wedding gown was actually meant to signify joy and not purity as most people believed. Before the 16th century, this tradition actually was not commonplace. However, when Ann of Brittany wore one in 1499, it quickly became the norm and here we are today. During the reign of the Tudor monarchs the tradition of throwing old shoes at the happy couple’s carriage became known and practiced. If the shoe struck the carriage, it was supposed to signify good fortune for the couple. This is where the modern tradition of tying shoes to the back of the bridal car came about.

Asian Wedding Traditions

Summary: Asian wedding traditions are steeped in culture and religious beliefs. Many of these traditions have been around for thousands of years and little has changed in the way they are practiced.
Asian wedding traditions are considered to be one of the most sophisticated in the world. Most of these traditions have stood the test of time and are still being practiced to this day with great accuracy and due diligence. Asian cultures are very much focused on family. This is the reason why most Asian wedding traditions are respected and very much alive. Here are some of the most interesting ones.
Asking for Permission
In the Philippines, it is customary for the groom to observe what is called “pamanhikan”. This entails the man to formally ask the parents of the woman he intends to marry for their permission and blessings. During the actual “pamanhikan” itself, the parents discuss with the groom to be where they intend to live, how he will support their daughter and sometimes the topic of when they would be having kids and how many are also touched upon. Once the bride’s father consents to the union, only then will the wedding plans get formalized.
In Thailand, it is considered customary for the groom to cook a meal for the monks in his community prior to the wedding. The wedding only begins after the monk’s give their blessing. During the actual ceremony the groom and bride are seated hands folded and tied with a flower chain. The oldest member of the family has the honor of leading the wedding ceremony where he dips the couple’s hands into a shell that is filled with water. This activity is supposed to bring luck to the couple. In Thailand, wedding ceremonies are considered to be very intimate and private affairs, which are reserved only to close relatives and friends.
In China, wedding traditions vary from place to place and even from province to province. However, the most common trait they all share is the practice of the betrothal of the couple by their parents. There is also the required wearing of a red bridal gown to symbolize wealth and good fortune. There is the use of firecrackers in order to ward off evil spirits. There is usually a go-between that handles negotiations between prospective matches for the families. The dates are then set based on the birth signs of the bride and groom. The preparation for the wedding from the customary betrothal to the actual wedding ceremony is considered quite a complicated process. However, the actual wedding ceremony is quite simple.

Bizarre Wedding Traditions

Summary: Bizarre wedding traditions from different parts of the world symbolize different beliefs from different cultures. Some of these are gross enough to strike fear in the hearts of many of the would-be participants.
Different cultures around the world have different traditions celebrating the union between man and woman. Others can see some of these traditions as bizarre because of the ostentatious nature that these traditions are observed. Some traditions are really a mixture of excitement, fear and even just plain confusing. Here are some pretty bizarre wedding traditions from different parts of the world.
In Scotland, the bride is given a sort of pre-wedding humiliation ceremony where friends and family tie the girl to a tree and throw disgusting things at her. This activity is called the “blackening of the bride.” It is supposed to mean that if the bride is able to handle the humiliating punishment, she can withstand anything especially marriage.
In China, members of the Tujia tribe practice a bizarre wedding tradition where they take act of crying to a totally different level. One month before the actual wedding, the bride begins to cry for at least an hour each day. After ten days of enduring this, the mother then enters the picture and then after ten days the grandmother will then cry will all of them. At the end of the month, all female members of the bride-to-be are all crying! This activity is supposed to symbolize the joy that women feel for the bride as she is taken into marriage.
Keep it in
In northern Borneo, members of the Tidong tribe practice a very bizarre wedding tradition. Couples that have married are required to be sequestered at their house and are not allowed to defecate or urinate for a period of three consecutive days. In the Sudan, members of the Neue tribe do not consider the marriage consummated until the bride has had a couple of children. If for some reason she does not successfully achieve this, the groom can legally ask for a divorce.
In Kenya, Massai weddings call for the father of the bride to spit at the head and breasts of her daughter prior to her leaving the village and joining with her husband. In France, once the wedding ceremony is done, all the bride’s friends would then collect the leftovers, pieces of trash or any other item they feel is satisfactorily gross from the toilet and then force the bride and the groom to drink from. These days, because of health and sanitary reasons, the gross items are substituted with dark brown chocolate. However, they are still required to drink it from a real toilet bowl albeit a never been used, fresh from the store one.

Strange Wedding Rituals and Traditions

Summary: Every country has own its own culture, tradition and religion according to which wedding ceremonies are conducted. Some weddings take place in a very strange manner.

Weddings in some religions involve gathering in a holy place and exchanging rings and marriage vows. But, in some religions and culture, strange customs and rituals are followed in wedding ceremonies which may be unbelievable and also make for an interesting read.

Bizarre Wedding Traditions

Scottish weddings happen in a gross manner and turn out to be smelly affairs. This is because of the Scottish wedding ritual called bride blackening. According to this ritual, friends and relatives throw rubbish things at the bride. The logic behind this ritual is that marriages are usually very tough and if a woman can handle such a humiliating ritual during the wedding, then it means that she is prepared to face the hardships of a marriage.

It is common to see the bride and her family members shedding some tears during a wedding because the bride would have to leave her family and go live with her husband after the wedding. But, people from the Chinese community of Tujia have made crying into a ritual where the bride sets aside one hour a day for crying starting one month before the wedding. After 10 days, the bride’s mother joins the crying ritual and after another 10 days, her grandmother starts crying.

In some Indian culture, some women are said to be born with a special astrology condition known as ‘Mangal Dosha’. Such a women is believed to cause some harm to her husband unintentionally which can even lead to his death. Hence, before marrying a man, the woman is made to marry a tree after which the tree is destructed. It is believed that the tree’s destruction eliminates the woman’s Mangal Dosha.

In a tribal community called Tidong in Borneo, a married couple is not allowed to go to the toilet for urinating or for clearing their bowels for the first three days after the marriage.

A Woman from the Neur tribe of Sudan is supposed to give birth to at least two children after the marriage. If the woman is not able to do that for any reason, her husband can divorce her and marry another woman.

It is very common to see a bride being blessed by her father immediately after a wedding. But, in the Maasai tribe of Kenya, a father blesses his daughter in a very strange manner wherein he first spits on her head and then on her breasts. The bride is allowed to leave with the bridegroom only after this blessing ritual.

Odd Wedding Rituals and Customs

Summary: In some places, very odd wedding rituals take place which can sometimes be very harsh on the woman involved in the marriage.

Wedding customs and traditions vary a lot from one country to another. Even within one country, there may be a lot of variations in wedding customs and rituals. India is a very good example for that.

In some places, very odd wedding ceremonies are conducted with weird customs and traditions. Most of them are based on superstitious beliefs.

Weird and Harsh Wedding Rituals

In some Indian villages, marriage happens between a woman and an animal such as a donkey, a goat or even a dog. The woman is not expected to lead a life with the animal. It is just a one-time affair. Such a wedding ritual is done as a means to please the God worshipped by the people in those villages. People in those parts believe in ghosts and if the villagers face any problems, they would attribute them to the existence of ghosts in the village. They believe that such a wedding ritual will help in exorcising ghosts.

In Greece, some odd rituals are conducted to announce a marriage between a man and a woman. A young boy who has not even achieved pubescence is chosen for this ritual. The boy would be made to wear a biscuit ring around his neck. The bride would then grab the boy and make him sit on his lap. She would then start biting the biscuit ring surrounding the boy’s neck. It is not as weird as the Indian one described above and there is no animal involved. But, it definitely belongs to the elite list of odd wedding rituals and customs.

In Korean weddings, there is a custom where married friends of the bridegroom are made to hand-carve ducks using wood and gift them to the couple. They are expected to do the hand-carving themselves which is surely not an easy task. Also, the reason why duck is chosen for this ritual is not clear.

In Scotland, an odd wedding ritual is performed which involves humiliating the bride in public by blackening her. The bride gets dumped with dirty substances like animal poop, molasses and anything dirty that is available.

In some parts of Africa, it is believed that men like only fat women. Hence, parents of a girl carry out a cruel practice known as Leblouh wherein the girl is forced to vomit by making her eat too much. The girl is then made to eat her own vomit. A girl is subjected to such a practice from a very young age so that she would become fat by the time she attains the age for marriage.

Unusual Wedding Traditions from around the World

Summary: Weddings symbolize the ceremony between husband and wife. Each culture has its own unique wedding traditions still being observed to this day.
Weddings are considered to be one of the most universal traditions of any culture from anywhere in the world. It is not surprising that there are some unusual wedding traditions that have developed and are still being practiced up to this day. Here are some unusual wedding traditions that you never knew existed.
In Japan for instance, brides are painted in white from the head down to their feet as a symbol of being a maiden. During the ceremony itself, she is asked to wear a white hood or what is called the “horn of jealousy” which symbolizes that she has decided to be an obedient wife to her husband. In Germany, families usually take plans in order to accommodate the financial requirements of the wedding. When a German girl is born, the family members plant a few trees in her honor. These trees are then sold once she has set a wedding date. The rationale being that the money from the proceeds will be used to pay for her dowry. The actual marriage ceremony in Germany is divided into three parts. On the first day, the happy couple takes their vows during a civil ceremony. The following night will be the wedding reception party. During the celebration the guests bring along old plates to break, which they believe would be a sign of bringing good luck to the couple. The third and last part occurs during the third day where there is the actual religious ceremony held. The bride has only one attendant namely the flower girl which basically walks in front of her sprinkling freshly cut flowers on the floor and then wishes the happy couple good luck.
Race to The Carpet
In Russia, if the bride and groom belong to the Orthodox Church they are actually crowned as royalty for one day. They are allowed to stand on a special carpet where they each will say their vows. Before the ceremony itself, they would need to race to the carpet. The winner of the race is declared the head of the house.
In China, weddings take a somewhat business like atmosphere. Middlemen are used to negotiate a prospective match while the parents of the bride and groom decide if there is going to be a wedding or not. Once there is an agreement between the two families, the middleman would then present gifts to the bride’s parents. Both the families would then pick the best date for the wedding depending on the bride and groom’s birth signs in order to maximize good luck.

Some of the Most Unique Wedding Ceremonies in the World

Summary: Wedding ceremonies take place in unique ways in different countries.

Wedding is one of the most popular social traditions in the world. Wedding is something that has universal appeal and is celebrated in every country. Weddings are usually very grand affairs. The ceremonies and rituals performed in a wedding vary a lot depending on the beliefs, culture and tradition of a particular region.

Unique and Interesting Wedding Ceremonies

Indian weddings are attended by a large number of people and are quite lengthy. Usually, an Indian wedding takes place for at least two days with a lot of importance given to religious rituals. Hinduism is the religion that is practised by majority of the people in India and weddings are conducted based on Hindu rituals and beliefs which mainly involve chanting mantras. The groom and the bride become husband and wife once the groom ties the mangalsutra around the bride’s neck.

Jewish weddings are held in a very orthodox manner. According to Jewish tradition, a wedding ceremony shouldn’t be held on the day of Sabbath or on any religious holiday that is of significance to Jews. Jewish weddings have very unique invitations which are written in both English and Hebrew. The bride and the groom are made to stand under a special canopy known as chuppa and are made to perform rituals.

Japanese weddings usually take place in Shinto Shrines. The bride is dressed fully in white and the bridegroom fully in black. They both become husband and wife by drinking together a special alcoholic beverage known as sake.

Weddings in Jamaica involve music, dance and a lot of fun. Different types of cakes are baked for wedding ceremonies. A wedding in Jamaica is usually planned and orchestrated by the whole village making it a grand and highly socialized affair.

Weddings taking place in Islamic countries happen in a structured manner. They are usually very simple affairs. An Islamic wedding is called nikah. The couple are not allowed to see each other during the wedding. They can see each other only after a contract is signed in the presence of witnesses.

Weddings in Czechoslovakia have their own uniqueness. Prior to the wedding, friends of the bride get together and plant a tree with decorations in the bride’s yard. Before the bride and the groom are announced husband and wife, a baby will be placed in the bed of the couple. According to beliefs, such a ritual will increase the chances of the girl giving birth after the marriage. The bride would be given special food items to improve her fertility.

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