Do you know about the different wedding traditions?
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Published 12/9/2013 | Wedding
From the very beginning of civilization, the institution named marriage has pervaded society. Without marriage society would never have developed in its present form. The family is the smallest unit of the society; we depend on it for preservation and propagation. Marriage, being the foundation of family, has lasting value, and will continue to last. Let us take a look at different kinds of wedding tradition.
- The American wedding tradition is the most well known wedding practice of today and it is the least expensive and can be arranged in any location. Let’s peep into some other cultures' traditions, though some of them may be obsolete today.
- In ancient Greece, weddings used to take place in three stages. In the first stage, the bride used to prepare herself for marriage. In the second, she used to be led to the groom’s house, where a festival was usually organized. In the final stage, after the actual wedding, there used to be a huge reception in the groom’s house. Showering the couple and the guests with flowers and fruits was its special characteristic.
- According to the ancient Roman tradition, there used to be a betrothal at first, then there used to be a procession towards the groom’s house. There a minister and not a presiding person would clasp the hands of the couple. A bull would also normally be slaughtered for the occasion.
- In England, the bride and the groom are allowed to express their disapproval of each other, if any, in front of the people and the church. If there are no objections, and they accept each other, then they exchange vows in front of the priest. The oath is all about love, honor and protection.
- In Jewish marriage, the bride is escorted by her father to a huge hall named chuppah, which is decorated with flowers. This is the social marriage chamber. As soon as she enters under the canopy of the chuppah, she is considered to be married. After that they exchange vows. Before the civil registry, a glass is broken, because this is considered to be good luck. Plenty of wine is served during the ceremony.
- Hindu marriages are an expensive business, involving numerous guests and elaborate trappings. The gala occasion is celebrated through various steps, over a prolonged period of many days. At first, there takes place the proposal, followed by the acceptance and engagement. Then there is the blessing ceremony, then the occasion of decorating the bride’s hands and at last, there takes place the wedding in front of a holy fire. The indispensable ingredients of this marriage are gifting necklaces, exchanging garlands and vows, and decorating the bride's face with designs done in sandalwood paste.
- Islamic marriages are the simplest of all. The couple simply declare their agreement to marry each other in front of the crowd and parents. No presence of priests or officials is necessary.
- Indispensable parts and parcels of different traditional marriages:
*African - drumbeat
*Belgian - embroidered handkerchief
*Czechoslovakia –shower of peas
*Denmark- cornucopia cake.
*Finland- golden crown.
*France- floral decoration.
* Greece- koumbaros or groom’s godfather.
*Holland- bridal sugar
*Ireland- wedding cake Emerald isle
*Japan- white, the color of union.
*Korea- twin swan
*Morocco- bride’s milk bath.
*Norway- broudlaupskling wedding cake
*Phillippines- coins, veil, lasso
*Russia- guests are given gifts
*Spain- groom gives13 coins to the bride.
*Switzerland- colored hankies.
* Wales- wooden spoon.