Wedding rituals and traditions vary greatly between cultures, religions, countries, and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of marriage vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (ring, flowers etc.), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure. Many cultures have adopted the traditional Western custom of the white wedding (associated with the wedding of Queen Victoria),in which a bride wears a white wedding dress and veil.
Marriage is a universal occasion, in any culture it come with a laundry list of traditions and rituals, including the old rhyme, “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” It is one of the few similarities countries across the globe have in common. In many cultures, preparing for a wedding involves booking a venue, getting the wedding dress and inviting the guests. But with the following unusual and amazing wedding rituals it is clear just how diverse weddings can be.
Here are top 10 bizarre wedding rituals from around the world that go beyond the white dress and veil.
10. Crying Ritual of the Tujia People | China
The Tujia people of China prepare for a wedding 30 days before the wedding day by crying. The bride spends an hour a day crying. 10 days later, she is joined by her mother, and then ten days after that, her grandmother, and this continues until all the females in the family are crying daily for an hour. Thankfully it is not an act of sadness but this is actually meant as an expression of joy and deep love. Because the women all weep in different tones the collected noise sounds almost like a song.
9. The Kissing Tradition | Sweden
No, not just between the bride and groom, in fact as a guest you might just be lucky enough to plant a kiss on the bride or groom yourself. At the wedding ceremony, it is traditional for the groom to disappear during part of the ceremony for any reason, then the all unmarried young men allowed to kiss the bride. The same goes for the groom and female guests if the bride should leave the room. A unique Swedish tradition without a doubt.