Wedding ceremony and traditions

Author: Tarnia Riggs  

The world is one big melting pot as love knows no barriers.  Different cultures and traditions for weddings as well as ceremonial examples.

In Pakistan, it is customary to decorate the bride’s hand and feet with henna prior to the wedding. This is known as Mehendi. The reason only the bride’s feet and hands are decorated is because formerly, these were the only parts visible.

In a Chinese wedding red is the predominant colour. Both the bride and groom wear red, even the guests are expected to wear as much red as possible for the Chinese believe red is the colour of joy and also the colour which wards off evil spirits.

Prior to the English influence, Aboriginal marriages were usually arranged. A suitable husband would be found for a girl shortly after her birth. Generally, however, she did not marry until after puberty. Often the man chosen for her would be a lot older as it was thought beneficial for him to have a young woman take care of him, and possibly his older wives, as he grew old.

An old Welsh wedding custom was for a “gwahoddwr” or bidder to go from house to house to bid or invite people to attend the bidding and the wedding. The bidding was where the whole community was given the opportunity to meet the prospective couple. Often the bidder would recite some poetry or some eloquent prose.

In the 18th century Yugoslavia, a bride was lucky to make it through the wedding with her head intact! One of the customs was the most important guest at the ceremony to slice the crown of flowers off her head with his sword.

An old custom used by Bedouin tribes to announce their betrothal was to visit the parents of their intended and sacrifice a lamb.

Ancient Romans would kill a pig and study it entrails to determine the best time to marry.

Thus were the old customs and traditions bore by the generations for all of us to ponder life's values.  What impact are we to have on future generations - for us to pass onto them?

If your culture/tradition is not here and would love to share, I’m more than happy to add it for others to see.