Traditions that will surprise you

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Filed teeth of grooms, fat brides – this is not the whole list of strange wedding traditions from all corners of the world. Some nations have such customs that shock a European. Let’s learn about them.
In this country, you can dance with a bride only for money. The bridesmaid collects the fees and then gives them to the newlyweds to spend on a first-class honeymoon.

In Nigeria, the groom must prove that he is ready to marry. The bride’s relatives gather in a crowd and beat him with sticks.


Girls in Nigeria are also not very lucky, because they have to gain weight on purpose, otherwise they will not look like a bride. Particularly thin ones are sent to special institutions, where future brides eat a lot and move little.


In Tunisia, six days before the wedding, they begin to decorate the hands of the bride with henna. It is believed that this will bring her happiness.


In Bulgaria, a marriage proposal is made in a special way. The groom throws an apple at his beloved.


On the island of Bali, future brides and grooms have their teeth filed. Six each. According to local residents, this process means that the person has matured.


During the wedding, the groom gives his bride 13 gold coins, proving that he will provide for her. And the bride defiantly gives them back, which means full support. And the coins themselves symbolize Jesus and his 12 apostles.

South Korea

On the day of the wedding, the guests tie the groom’s feet and take turns hitting him on the heels with sticks. So they supposedly prepare him for the wedding night.


French polynesia

According to the wedding tradition existing here, the bride’s relatives lie face down on the ground, forming a carpet of bodies. And the bride and groom must walk on them like on a carpet.


In civilized Switzerland, a terrible tradition is still widespread: the bride is poured with mud on her wedding day. Moreover, the more unpleasant it all smells, the happier the bride is believed to be.


In one of the regions of Korea, the future bride must cry and grieve a month before the wedding. It is believed that the more tears that are shed, the happier the marriage will be.


In Denmark, during the wedding, the groom is cut a hole in his sock.


In Uzbekistan, the groom gets only the second night after the wedding, because the first wife spends with her relatives.


In India, all wedding expenses are borne by the bride’s relatives. And the groom’s relatives present her with expensive gifts.


According to the customs of the Chechens, on the day of the wedding, the bride cannot talk to her husband’s relatives. Only one phrase is allowed – “Drink to your health.” And they, in turn, tease her all the time, trying to talk. If the bride does not give in and remains silent, this will mean that the girl is smart and restrained.

In Italy, relatives try to annoy the newlyweds in the house where the wedding night will take place. For example, they sprinkle pepper on the bed or set alarm clocks for the night. There can be many such mischief.


In one of the German cities, a couple may be refused to marry if she does not have at least six planted trees on her account.


In this country, the husband wears women’s clothes for a whole month after the wedding. It is believed that this way he will be able to understand how difficult the female share is.


In England, on the day of the wedding, the beggars, the poor, as well as neighbors who were not invited, are treated.


In this country, weddings are celebrated for a long time – a whole week. On the sixth day, the groom gives his wife perfume and various odorous items. The bridesmaid should rub these scents on her heel. This means that the bride will be able to keep her husband under her heel all her life.


On the last night before the wedding, the bride’s relatives rub turmeric paste into her skin to bring good luck to the future family.


The bride should wear something new on this day, something stolen and something blue.


In this country, the names of her single bridesmaids are written on the lining of the bride so that they too can get married.


On the eve of the wedding, relatives visit the couple’s house. And not with empty hands, but with dishes. Then they begin to break these dishes, thus driving away evil spirits. And the newlyweds must sweep up all the fragments.


In Austria, guests come to the bride’s house early in the morning to wake her up with the sounds of gunfire and fireworks. It is believed that this will scare away evil spirits.


During the holiday, the newlyweds are not allowed to smile. This means that they are ready for adulthood.


In this country, instead of wedding vows, another tradition has been observed for many centuries: the bride and groom drink sake three times from cups of different sizes. The first time symbolizes the unification of families, the second time and the third – for love and respect in the house.


In this country, the godparents of the newlyweds are responsible for organizing and financing the wedding.


In one of the Chinese provinces, the groom tries to shoot his wife with a bow. True, arrows are used without a tip. After that, the groom breaks arrows as a sign that their life will be without betrayal and deceit.


In the Masai tribe, the bride’s father blesses her for a happy life by spitting in her face.