Wedding traditions of the peoples of the world


A wedding tradition in every corner of the world is a reflection of the soul of the local population, the essence of the people of a given locality. All nations on our planet have originality, unusual rites and a peculiar flavor. Let's look at the wedding traditions of the peoples of the world and find out how interesting they are to us, and whether we are ready to marry in some unusual exotic ceremony that will unite the hearts of two lovers forever.

Unusual wedding traditions of different nations

People of all nations of the world constantly fall in love and get married. Our country also has its own wedding traditions, rooted in ancient centuries. Each element of the Russian wedding ceremony hides a separate tradition. For example, the Russian people accepted:

  1. Block the way for the wedding procession.
  2. Hand out candy to children before going to the registry office.
  3. Redeem the bride.
  4. Releasing pigeons.

According to an ancient wedding tradition, a Russian bride is given the opportunity to cut a wedding loaf first, showing her becoming a mistress of the house. The mother-in-law after the wedding removes the veil from the bride, which symbolizes the adoption of a new member in the family. Another old Russian wedding custom that has survived to this day is the meeting of the young after marriage registration with bread and salt. According to Russian custom, the newlyweds should bite off one piece from the wedding loaf, and whoever has the larger piece will, according to legend, be the main thing in the house.

Meeting the newlyweds with bread and salt

Recently, Slavic peoples have another wedding tradition: throwing a bridal bouquet to unmarried girlfriends. The girl who caught the bridal bouquet should marry the next. A similar ritual exists among men: the groom removes the garter from his wife’s legs and throws it to his single friends. Whoever catches her first will meet his soul mate. Mention of this wedding tradition can be found in manuscripts of the XIV century. Then it was believed that any clothing removed from the bride or groom will bring the favor of the opposite sex.

The most fun is still the Russian wedding custom of redeeming the bride. Usually witnesses are involved in the ransom, but sometimes the groom becomes a participant in this event. They redeem the girl according to tradition with money, less often champagne, vodka, sweets and flowers. This wedding ritual is attended by neighbors, acquaintances and invited guests. Although many other nations of the world hold a similar ceremony - for example, it is customary for Muslims to take a dowry for a bride - but in the Russian tradition, ransom is more fun than paying a girl.

The ransom ceremony of the bride

Russian wedding ceremonies are more focused on entertainment. In other nations of the world wedding traditions are striking in their practicality, thirdly - by minimalism, and fourthly - by romance. For example, in Australia, wedding preparations begin one year before the appointed celebration date. The people of Australia are Catholics, so they have no civil registration of marriage. All newlyweds undergo a wedding ceremony, after which the holiday begins.

Three months before the deadline, future spouses begin to go to the priest, who prepares young people for life together and draws up a wedding plan with them. Australians are practical in everything, therefore wedding gifts are negotiated in advance. The bride and groom make up a list of desired gifts in advance, and guests distribute among themselves who and what will give.

The Australians, like other Catholics in the world, have an interesting tradition to create a lot of noise on the way to the church. The roots of this ritual come from antiquity when the natives believed that noise drives away evil spirits. To create a screen, to this day, old cans or other metal objects that are capable of creating a screen are attached to the wedding car of many newlyweds in the world.

The sound of cans drives away evil spirits at a wedding

The rite of breaking a wedding glass exists in many countries of the world. After leaving the church, young people are presented with glasses of wine, which they should drink, and then break the glasses. According to the belief of many nations, if both glasses break, then the newlyweds will have a happy life. But if any glass remains intact, then the marriage will not be successful. There is another explanation for this mysterious ritual: ancient people around the world believed that the clink of broken glass drives away evil demons from the bride and groom.

Wedding traditions of Europe

  • Hungary

According to the wedding tradition, the Hungarian bride takes off her shoes and puts them in the center of the hall. That gentleman who wants to dance with her must throw coins into his shoes. He who throws more coins has the first right to dance. Another interesting Hungarian rite is morning washing, when the bride on the morning of the second day after the wedding, together with the guests, went to the well and washed all the guests in turn, then wiping them with a towel with their own hands.

The national color of the Hungarian wedding

  • Slovakia

The bride herself chooses her chosen one, and then gives a ring and a shirt that is sewn from natural silk. In response, the groom also picks up a silver ring for the bride, puts on a fur hat and a chastity belt. Weddings in the cities of Slovakia often take place with traditional entertainment, games, competitions and buffets, but in the countryside there is still the opportunity to see the national wedding ensemble of folk instruments.

  • Norway

It is believed that in countries with a harsh climate, people are not able to vigorously express feelings. The wedding traditions of cold Norway are proof of this. Women in this country are much fewer than men, so young people are looking for a bride from an early age. Since ancient times, a Norwegian woman has equal rights with a man, so not only older boys, but also older girls are considered heirs.

No one collects dowry in Norway, and the newlyweds make the wedding at their own expense. The most beautiful Norwegian wedding tradition, which is still supported by the newlyweds, is when guests go to the place of matchmaking in brightly decorated boats hung with wedding bells and other traditional wedding accessories.

Norwegian wedding boat

  • Netherlands

Some wedding ceremonies in the Netherlands can shock ordinary people from other countries of the world in shock. But the local bride and groom do not suffer from unnecessary modesty and believe that everything natural should not be banned. Guests at the wedding have fun without Slavic virtue, and competitions according to our ideas cross all sorts of decent boundaries. The more wedding saucer performances, the more successful, according to local residents, it takes place.

There is no traditional wedding cake at a celebration in the Netherlands. Instead, guests are offered national sweets called «sugar bride». They come in different shapes, and the taste is a real mosaic. The bride orders sweets from different confectioners, so if a guest comes across two identical candies, then this is considered a happy omen.

Traditional Dutch Wedding Dance

African Wedding Rites

  • Nigeria

According to the wedding traditions of Nigeria, the groom's parents invite a professional matchmaker, who selects the right candidate for the bride, which meets the requirements of the family. The matchmaker in the hammam checks the selected candidates for innocence, and then submits the parents to court. An interesting local custom is observed immediately after the Nigerian wedding, when the groom is driven out through the corridor by relatives who beat him with sticks. It is believed that only after this the groom is ready for family life.

  • Ethiopia

In African tribes, family life for a girl begins with real trials. For example, in the Surma tribe, six months before the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom pierce their lower lip and insert a clay disc. In order not to interfere with the disk, two front teeth are removed, because it is believed that the larger the disk, the richer the bride’s dowry. In addition to warning about the high financial situation of the girl, the clay disk protects her from evil spirits that can enter the body through the mouth.

  • Egypt

This African country is home to a traditional marriage. The ancient Egyptians were the first people who proposed to the world to legitimize the relationship between a woman and a man. The marriage contract also appeared for the first time in Egypt - it detailed the responsibilities of the husband and wife. The wedding rituals of the peoples of Egypt have their roots in Islam, in which a man has the right to have four wives, but he must provide all. Not All Modern Egyptian Men Can Afford More Than One Wife.

Egypt has interesting and colorful national dances that are present at all traditional wedding ceremonies: belly dance, dance with a skirt and swords. Ring exchange is also an ancient tradition of the Egyptian people, which was picked up by almost all countries of the world. The Egyptians consider the ring a symbol of love and put it on the middle finger of the left hand, because through this finger passes the heart vein, which holds the hearts of young.

Ring exchange at an Egyptian wedding

  • Rwanda

The traditional wedding ceremony of the Bahutu tribe in Rwanda is very passionate! The customs of this people require the newlyweds to express hatred towards each other. Immediately after the marriage ceremony, a woman with a veil covered with her face goes to her husband’s house and there begins a real massacre. The wife ruthlessly scratches her husband, inflicting tangible wounds on him, and the husband is also aggressive towards her.

The massacre continues until the morning, and its participants remain silent, not uttering a single word throughout the fight. The pugnacious ritual can go on even for several nights in a row, after which the wife moves to her husband’s house forever and never again the spouses of the Bahutu tribe quarrel. These strange wedding traditions test the young people's readiness for family life. Maybe that's why African families are so durable?

Customs of the peoples of Asia

  • Thailand

The wedding ritual of this Asian people does not require modest attire. On this day, the Thai bride can change up to ten colorful and white dresses, depending on what kind of ceremony is performed. For each rite, you need to choose the appropriate dress. Black is not permissible at a wedding; it is worn by widows in Thailand, therefore it is not used even in the decoration of a wedding dress. According to the traditions of Thailand, weddings should have a lot of gold, red and orange..

  • China

This people loves red color, therefore, according to the Chinese wedding tradition, everything is red: the bride's dress, envelopes with money, gift boxes and even rose petals. The wedding tradition, when the newlyweds drink from glasses tied with a red ribbon, came to the world also from China. The Chinese wedding ceremony is very expensive, but it quickly pays off, as gifts are given to the newlyweds only in cash. Even relatives who don’t attend the ceremony give money.

In the photo, Chinese newlyweds with a wedding procession

  • India

The wedding ritual of the Indian peoples is the most colorful sight in the world, the brightest demonstration of the beliefs of the Indian people, a manifestation of their spiritual culture and deep religious roots. Usually, Indian newlyweds meet for the first time during the marriage ceremony, but this people almost never have divorces. For other nations, this remains a mystery, because in those countries of the world where they marry for love, the percentage of divorces is simply disastrous.

Among Indians, flowers are the main wedding accessory. There are an unlimited number of them at the wedding, so this is an expensive part of every Indian wedding ceremony. The fragrance of flowers is loved by the gods, so through flowers they will sooner hear the requests of mortals. An important point at the holiday is the table: exclusively vegetarian dishes are served, and eggs, fish and meat are strictly prohibited.

The beauty of an Indian wedding

  • Bali

The wedding ceremony on this Indonesian island has become a fashion event among all the newlyweds of the world, and it is clear why. It is believed that if you make a traditional marriage on this paradise island, then it will be happy and long. In addition, the Balinese ceremony is very impressive: incense is smoked, flower donations are made to thousands of local gods, and newlyweds are dressed in amazingly beautiful costumes decorated with gold embroidery wound in several layers.

The newlyweds to the place of the wedding ceremony ride on a golden carriage, and the more affluent come on the richly decorated elephants. In the temple, young people are showered with petals of exotic flowers, and the invited priests say special prayers that will help the husband and wife find happiness. Music, dancing, flowers, traditional Balinese treats make you feel in harmony with the ancient island deities.

Traditional Bali Wedding

North and South America

  • USA

Unlike other countries in the world, a wedding ceremony in the United States is part of a business that Americans trust in special agencies. The festival begins in the same way as in other Catholic countries of the world:

  • the guy proposes to the girl;
  • an engagement date is set on which the groom gives the ring;
  • official wedding ceremony.

There are no restrictions in the American wedding, but the dresses of the newlyweds are usually performed in a traditional style. In addition to the new dress, the girl must also have some old thing and an object of blue color. A well-worn thing symbolizes a relationship with relatives, and the blue color is fidelity in marriage. An undoubted plus is the ability to choose several bridesmaids, and not one, as in other countries of the world. So no friend will be left without attention.

  • Mexico

The Latin American peoples are descendants of the Mayans and Aztecs, so their wedding traditions are somewhat different from the rites of the rest of the world. The traditional Mexican wedding is attended by sponsors who fund the celebration. These are, as a rule, parents, godparents and relatives of young people. During the wedding around the newlyweds, the priest wraps a symbolic «lasso» in the form of special rosaries, symbolizing the union of two people into one whole.

Mexicans have even more ancient Native American traditions inherited from the Indians, therefore, before the official wedding ceremony, the unity of two people is celebrated. First, a woman must undergo a ritual of ablution, and then an Indian traditional ceremony takes place near the oldest tree, which notifies the elements (water, air, earth, fire) and ancestors that young people communicate together forever.

Mexican wedding accompanied by ritual dance

Video: an overview of the traditions of the peoples of the world

Different peoples of the world have their own wedding ceremonies, but one thing unites them: the desire to achieve prosperity, love and success for a young family. Now, many wedding traditions can no longer be called exclusively Slavic, Asian or Native American, as they spread throughout the world. For example, a ransom or a kalym for a bride is given in all faiths, and without a dance of the bride and groom, not a single wedding ceremony in the world takes place. Let's see in the video how this happens in different parts of the color: