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Marriage customs around the world

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Ana Capel

on 14 November 2012

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Marriage Customs
Around The World Connor Carson
Ariana Ross
Ana Capel Asian Wedding Customs American Wedding Customs African American Wedding Customs Scottish Wedding Traditions British Wedding Customs and Superstitions Thanks For Watching! Superstitions Before the Wedding In Japan... Women wear beautifully colored
silk kimonos.

The Color purple represents love. In China... Wedding gowns are Red, representing luck! In Indonesia . . . Engagements lasts many years.

Usually more than 1,000 guests attend.

The couple must individually greet each guest. Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, something blue, a silver sixpence inside your shoe. No one is sure where it started.

Something Old refers to the guests that are already married.

Something New refers to the newlyweds and their new life together.

Something borrowed refers to something that the bride must return like her veil or even her mother's wedding dress.

Something blue refers to the brides virginity and purity.

A silver sixpence in your shoe is any silver coin tucked in a bride's shoe to represent wealth and prosperity. The wedding dress The white or ivory wedding dress stood for virginity and purity.

The tradition of wearing a white wedding dress began in the Victorian age, at that time white was worn as an announcement of affluence because white dresses then will only be worn once.

Wearing a black wedding dress was considered Taboo, but is now becoming more accepted because it is flattering to a bride's shape and skin.

A common superstition is that the groom is not supposed to see the bride in the gown before the wedding.

Another superstition is that the bride must avoid wearing the dress and seeing herself in the dress before the wedding. Some women will go to great lengths to keep this from happening. Bridal Bouquet In the past, the bride's bouquet was made of herbs and Spices. It was said that the strong smells would ward of any evil spirits trying to possess the bride.

Now, brides can chose their bouquets for several reasons. Some to simply match their dress or decor or to represent something that happened in her relationship with the groom. It changes greatly from bride to bride. The Flower Girl Thought to have originated in Rome.

Young girls carried wheat and barley to wish the couple prosperity, fertility, and good luck.

In medieval times they carried garlic to ward off evil spirits. Indian Wedding Traditions Engagement Ceremony:
Date is set by the parents
Smaller ceremony – only family and close friends attend
Wedding rings are exchanged
Sweets are exchanged

The day before the wedding at the bride’s home
Mehndi (or henna) is applied to the hands and feet of the bride
Details are very intricate
Shows a coming of age There are many variations of Indian weddings according to cultural community, region, and religion. The Wedding Ceremony -Baraat
-Wedding Gifts
-Exchange Vows
-Phera Before the wedding Showing the presents
-A week before the wedding ceremony.
-Held by the mother of the bride.
-Corresponds to Bridal shower.
-Female friends bring gifts to help the couple establish their new family.

-Presents are opened for everyone to see. Stag Party -Night before the wedding
-Groom and male friends go out for the night
-Wild partying and drinking
-Corresponds to bachelor party
-Pranks ensue The wedding ceremony -Bride wears traditional or contemporary white wedding gown; Groom wears traditional Highland Kilt, kilt jacket, and sporran
-Couple is “bagpiped” down the aisle
-“Highland Wedding” is played at most Scottish Weddings
-Vows may be recited in English or in Ancient Gaelic
-Tartan Clan
-Lavish wedding reception
-Carrying over the threshold
It was thought unlucky for a woman to marry a man whose surname began with the same letter as hers.
- Veil
a veil was worn to disguise the bride to confuse bad spirits.
the bridesmaids were dressed similarly to the bride to confuse bad spirits.
-Crossing the Threshold
It is tradition for the groom to carry his bride across the threshold of their home for the first time after being married. This was done to keep the bride from falling on her way in the door which was a sign of bad luck.

Customs -Also used the "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue"
-Less well known is for the bride's father to give the groom a pair of the bride's shoes to symbolize the passing of responsibility for the daughter to her new husband.
-The custom of the bride throwing her bouquet shoulder was originally performed by her throwing one of her shoes over her shoulder.
-It is said that the first partner who buys a new item after the wedding will be the dominant one. Tying the Knot In some African tribes, the bride and groom have their wrists tied together with cloth or braided grass to represent their marriage. Today's modern couples may choose to have the officiant or a close friend tie their wrists together with a piece of kente cloth or a strand of cowrie shells during the ceremony while stating the wedding vows. Libation ceremony To honor their ancestors, some Africans pour Holy water, or alcohol, onto the ground as prayers are recited to the ancestral spirits. Some African American couples choose to incorporate a libation ceremony as an opportunity to honor those that have recently passed away.

Jumping the Broom This is a well-known tradition whose origin is up for debate. During the slavery era, since African slaves were forbidden to marry in America, they would make a public declaration of their love and commitment by jumping over a broom to the beat of drums. Today, this ritual's significance is agreed upon to be a symbol for the start of the couple making a home together. It has become very popular for African-American couples to "Jump the broom" at the conclusion of their wedding ceremony. The broom, often handmade and beautifully decorated, can be displayed in the couple's home after the wedding Tasting the four elements In this Yoruba ritual, the bride and groom taste four flavors that represent different emotions within a relationship. The four flavors typically used are sour (lemon), bitter (vinegar), hot (cayenne), and sweet (honey). By tasting each of the flavors, the couple symbolically demonstrates that they will be able to get through the hard times in life, and, in the end, enjoy the sweetness of marriage.
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