Wedding is the most special event in one’s life, where the two people in love make a commitment to stay together eternally. The knot tying ceremony is the feast which occurs in the observance of their family members, relatives and near ones.
Undoubtedly, every country or society has its customs and traditions for a wedding ceremony. Among the numerous wedding rituals, you will find many of them are bizarre. These weird marriage traditions have been in practice since the past, are still followed and will be followed in the coming future. Let's look at the craziest and absurd marriage traditions around the world.
Scottish wedding tradition includes treating bride and groom in a weird way just before the wedding. Orcadians in Scotland perform the 'Blackening' pre-wedding ritual in which they both are ambushed and blackened with a messy blend of treacle and flour by their friends. Not only this, they are placed on the back of a truck and paraded around their place. People make as much as noise possible by shouting, beating sticks, whistling, drumming, etc. As said, the reason behind this is to make them prepare for every adverse situation in married life.
The newlywed couple of Tidong community is not allowed to use toilets for three days and night allowing them very less food and drink. The practice is called honeymoon house arrest. This ritual is practiced believing they will have healthy babies ahead.
An old wedding custom in Germany makes the newly wed couple to cut the log together with a saw. The reason behind making them do like this is that they have to be with each other the entire life solving the problems together.
Bride-napping is Romania's one of the most colorful customs. On the wedding party, mock kidnapping of the bride is performed. The groom has to pay a ransom after the kidnapping. It makes the celebration more joyful.
This tradition may sound very weird but it still exits.
In the Maasai community of Kenya, during the wedding, bride's father spits on her head and breasts as the symbol of blessing before she leaves with the groom.
Polterabend is a wedding custom in Germany in which the guests break the porcelains in the night before the ceremony. They believe that this will bring luck to the couple.
Bride's sisters trick the groom to steal his shoes. The groom is asked to pay a heavy amount of money for the safe return. The custom is thoroughly enjoyed.
The tradition of crying in wedding is seen among Tujia people of China. The mourning ritual also varies according to the place in the country. As per the custom, a month before the wedding ceremony, the bride begins to cry and after ten days of her crying, her mother and grandmother join her and they all cry together. Later, the rest of the family members accompany them. During the cry, they utter some words as 'crying song'. Earlier, there was a custom that her mother would beat the bride for not crying.
In China, the groom has to shoot the bride with three bows and arrows (with no arrowheads). After shooting, the groom collects the arrows and break them with a promise that his immense love towards her will stay forever.
Bride's male relatives hang the groom upside down and beat his feet with fish and sticks on the first wedding night. This is performed to make the groom stronger. Not only this, the guys ask many random riddles and puzzles to the groom that he has to answer anyway.
Charivari is also called ''rough music.'' This means making loud noise on the wedding night. The neighbors gather around newlywed's house to bang the loud noises to disturb them. The wedding night is considered the most sacred event of the marriage ceremony.
After the ceremony, the bridal side collects the leftovers in a toilet bowl and the new couple has to consume them. The people do not leave the couple until they eat the trash.
Bride and groom are not allowed to smile during the entire ceremony.
Traditional Japanese wedding custom includes pure white painting of bride from head to toe. This describes her virginity and purity.