Every culture throughout time has at least some version of the wedding, and every one of those cultures has the traditions that go with it.
In America, we have the tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. In beautiful Italy, the wedding guests help pay. The Irish ring bells instead of clinking glasses for the toast to ward off evil spirits.
Not every culture’s traditions are so tame though, and in this video, we are going to explore some of the stranger traditions throughout the world. Buckle up! It is going to get weird!
In India, women born during certain astrological events are thought to be cursed and will cause their husbands an early death. To break the curse, the women are married to a tree and the tree is then destroyed.
Newly married couples in a certain part of Northern Borneo are required to spend their first three days together locked in the house. That wouldn’t be so bad, except for the couple is not allowed to urinate or otherwise relieve themselves the whole time!
Southern Sudan requires something much more than a license for a marriage to be considered complete. If the woman does not give birth to two children, the husband can legally seek a divorce.
The Irish can be quite superstitious, so the only way to protect your bride from being stolen by fairies is to make sure her feet stay on the floor while dancing.
The French Polynesian Islands of Maruesas have the relatives of the bride lay face down in the dirt while the bride and groom walk across them.
Don’t get offended if your German cousin smashes the new set of dishes you gave them as a wedding gift. It scares away the evil spirits and protects the union!
Some villages in Africa ensure the newlywed’s first night together goes well by sending an older woman to accompany them and show the bride how it’s done. Let’s hope the village doesn’t send her mother!
The people of the Congo take their marriages very seriously. So seriously, in fact, the bride and groom are not allowed to smile or laugh at any point in the ceremony.
The rest of the world finds America’s custom of the bride wearing white very strange. For them, white is the color they wear while mourning.
Which one of these is the weirdest to you?
Would you adopt any of these strange customs for your wedding?
Let us know your thoughts!
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