Wedding Rituals

Wedding Rituals of Other Cultures

  • The Chinese has traditionally favored the peach blossom time for marriages.
  • Certain Native American tribes had a pre-wedding ritual that solved problems with in-laws. A day of two before the marriage the brides aunts would visit the groom-to-be and hurl abuse, as well as sticks and dirt him. From that day forward, however, they were not ever allowed to say an unkind work to him, or about him.
  • Many African tribal cultures take this one step further. In-laws are not ever allowed to speak to one another. If a man should see his mother-in-law coming along a path, he would be obliged to step off the path well in advance to avoid even meeting eyes with her.
  • A Japanese bride and groom feed each other three times from a plate of rice.
  • In Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist cultures many families have a priest, monk, or astrologer set an auspicious date for the wedding utilizing the couple's horoscope or numerology.

Wedding Folklore

  • The term tying the knot comes from an ancient Celtic tradition. In those long ago days, the couples had their hands tied together with a cord or scarf in a figure-eight and then the ends were tied in a knot. They called this custom Hand-fasting, and the couple were then deemed married for a year and a day. At the end of this trail period either part could call it off simple by saying I dont want to do this anymore. While it doesnt say much for love eternal, it did simplify divorce proceedings.
  • Ivy was often utilized in wedding bouquets and decorations as a symbol of fidelity. For modern couples this can take on the added symbolism of also remaining true to ones self.
  • According to Chinese folklore, marriages truly are made in heaven. The Man in the Moon has a grand book that contains a list of all the newborn babies and their future marriage partners. In earliest childhood their feet are bound together by an invisible red silk cord. There is no point in trying to resist, for their destinies are bond together as are their feet, and their paths will intertwine as surely as the moon will wax and wane.
  • Fire is felt to be a purifying agent, and so Belgian couples were once required to dance in the embers of a great bonfire before they could be wed. The bride and groom symbolically tossed their past life into the flames as an expression of their new status.