Unique Wedding TraditionsPosted by in The Treetopian Lifestyle
Weddings in June are common, but check out some unique wedding traditions from all over the globe
June has been one of, if not the most, popular month for holding wedding ceremonies since the early Roman times. If you’re wondering why, it’s because June festivals are held in honor of the goddess Juno who presides over marriage and childbirth. Since June is named after Juno, it is only natural that marriage celebrations occur during this month.
Did you know that the idea of getting married in June came from the Celtic calendar and that one of the old beliefs in Ireland is that the bride’s feet must stay on the floor when the couple dances to prevent evil fairies from taking her away? Here are some other unique beliefs and traditions from other parts of the world:
No White Gowns
China is a very traditional country, and it is no wonder that the Chinese pay close attention to details. Before a marriage can be arranged, a fortune teller is first consulted with the birth details (day and time) of both the bride-to-be and groom-to-be to determine if the match is favorable, according to the stars. If it’s a good match, then only will a wedding be allowed. Then the couple must consult the fortune teller again to determine an auspicious date for the wedding. Until an auspicious date is determined, according to the Chinese almanac, the couple cannot set a date for the ceremony. In addition, since white is the color of mourning for the Chinese, the bride wears a traditional dress made of red silk during the ceremony.
If you think not wearing white is unusual, try witnessing a wedding in Samoa. Instead of a gown or a lovely silken dress, brides must wear a dress made from the cloth processed from the bark of mulberry trees. This fine cloth is called Siapo, and making this cloth is considered a traditional art form produced after a painstaking process.
No Pants Allowed
In Kenya, there is an interesting tradition after the wedding ceremony to ensure that men keep an open mind when dealing with their wives. The new husbands are made to wear women’s clothes for a month after the wedding so that they can enjoy and comprehend the difficulty of being a woman.
When contemplating marriage, it is natural for the couple to think of how to save up for the expenses for the ceremony and reception. Some would open joint bank accounts while other cultures would dictate that either the groom or bride’s family will pay for the wedding. In Java, however, a couple cannot be married anywhere until they pay their local administration… with 25 rat tails. So don’t be surprised if you visit Java one day and see a lot of rats with stumps for tails.
While most brides try to be flawless on their wedding day, Indian brides are very much decorated before the wedding using henna tattoo! Part of the pre-wedding ceremony is to decorate the bride’s legs, feet, palms, wrists, and arms with complex patterns. The attendants would have this done, too, but the bride’s “decoration” would always be the most intricate. This specific tradition is also shared by Morocco.
While we’re in India, did you know that there are some who are married twice to different grooms or brides? Just like the Chinese, Indians also pay close attention to astrology, and a specific astrological combination they pay attention to when it comes to marriage is the so-called manglik. A manglik is a person who was born while the planet Mars is on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th, or 12th house of Vedic astrology, and it is believed that marriage to a manglik means tension and conflict for the couple. It is also believed that manglik spouses will have a short life. To counter this curse, a manglik is first married to a banana or a peepal tree which is destroyed afterwards as a sign of the curse being lifted from the manglik. Only after the tree is destroyed can the manglik his or her human fiancé or fiancée.
Do you know of other unusual or very cultural traditions surrounding weddings? We invite you to share your knowledge with our readers.