It is no wonder that different parts of the world have their own special and unique traditions associated with the wedding festivity. After all, since ancient times it is believed that wedding traditions are a reflection of the soul of the people themselves.
Some peoples celebrate this day in a very interesting way and impress with their uniqueness. So, how are wedding ceremonies hold in different countries?
One of the founders of wedding traditions was Ancient Rome. Here since ancient times there is a ritual of scaring away a jealous evil spirit. Therefore, the wedding celebration was attended by about ten bridesmaids and friends of the newlyweds, who dressed the same as the bride and groom. It was believed that the evil spirit would not be able to distinguish the real bride and groom from people dressed like them, and would not be able to harm the newlyweds.
In Japan, there is a ceremony where after the first swallow of sake, the newlyweds officially become husband and wife. And by tradition, they should drink nine cups of this drink.
The bride-to-be is stolen by friends and relatives of the newlyweds, circumfuse with liquid and led around the city for show or tied to a tree – this is an unpleasant wedding ritual that exists in Scotland. According to the Scots, such humiliation prepares the bride for the harsh realities of family life. And for circumfusing they used slops, animal excrement, and even flour.
Chinese brides prepare for the wedding in advance, and a month before the ceremony, they begin to cry and wail for an hour a day. Ten days later, the mother of bride-to-be joins her, and ten days later her grandmother does. The cry of the female half of the house, merging into a single chorus, becomes like a long song. But, surprisingly, the bride does not cry with sorrow, but rather with joy on the occasion of the approaching marriage. This kind of ritual means that the more tears women cry, the merrier and happier their marriage will be.
In Mauritania, a curvy bride is considered a symbol of prosperity and well-being of her parents. Therefore, according to tradition, the bride is thoroughly fed up before the wedding.
The ritual of tooth filing or preparing young people for a wedding, by cutting down six destructive passions – lust, greed, anger, anxiety, vanity and envy, exists in Bali. The sharpened fangs of the newlyweds symbolize the animal characteristics of people. After the ritual, the wedding ceremony ends with a traditional rite of entertainment, in which only married couple can eat together in front of other people.
But the wedding traditions of the Turkmen people are not without folk songs, jokes, games, proverbs and sayings, ritual poems and various ritual actions. Thanks to ancient rituals, the younger generation manages to preserve their national roots, allowing the Turkmen family to feel even more friendly and close-knit.
Today, the modern Turkmen wedding has begun to introduce some innovations in traditional rites and rituals. For example, if in ancient times, a caravan “kejebe” accompanied by jigits on horses, was sent to take the bride, now they have been replaced by motorcade colorfully decorated.
Upon the arrival of the bride, the groom’s relatives shower her with sweets to make her life happy. Guests, hoping that happy events will also happen in their lives, try to pick up goodies as well.
Among the unforgotten wedding customs is the rite of testing the bride’s household skills, which is held in the form of fun and noisy games. Joke events: whether the bride will be able to untie the groom’s waist scarf, get off boots, etc., brighten the Turkmen wedding even more.
The custom of wishing a young family numerous offspring has not lost its relevance. When the bride arrives at her mother-in-law’s house, the guests place a small child on her lap, and the bride’s relatives present babies the hats made by the bride. Sometimes alchiki (a bone, a joint from the leg of a young representative of cattle, used for games) are sewn to four corners of the bride’s blanket – so the groom’s parents ask for a grandson.
A modern wedding continues in the evening in a restaurant or banquet hall, where you can see the transformation of newlyweds who have changed their national outfits to the now-familiar white dress and suit.
By the way, the traditional wedding ceremony in the Philippines – the release of pigeons by the bride and groom – symbolizes a long, happy and harmonious union. This custom now exists among many peoples, including the Turkmens.
Whatever the customs are ridiculous, original, beautiful, different, and somewhere similar, but thanks to them we can always see the connection of generations living in different historical eras. These rituals emphasize the peculiarity and uniqueness of different peoples of the world, and national wedding traditions should be carefully preserved and passed on to future generations.