Applying Mehandi(Henna) and Stealing Groom’s Shoes in INDIA
In the Indian traditional wedding, the bride and groom apply henna on their hands as well as legs. Also there is a ritual when bride’s sisters steal the footwear of the groom on entering the wedding tent and is bribed for getting back the footwear.
The Red Umbrella and Veils in CHINA
In the Chinese traditional wedding the bride is escorted to the ceremony in the bridal sedan. The bride wears a red veil symbolizing boldness, luck and love hiding her face and the relatives holding the umbrella over her head.
Passing the Fire in SOUTH AFRICA
Collecting Money for Honeymoon in POLAND
Father Spitting on the Bride in KENYA
The traditional wedding of Massai people in Kenya features the father of the bride spitting on his daughter’s head and chest so as not to bring bad luck to their good fortune ahead.
Blackening the Bride in SCOTLAND
In the Scottish tradition, both the bride and groom are piled with alcohol, ash, flour, treacle and feathers by taking them out on a day before the marriage to bring good luck and avoid evil spirit.
Kidnapping the Bride in KYZ ALA KACHUU
The ritual known as Bride Kidnapping, i.e. marriage by capture is practiced in cultures like Romani and Kyrgyzstan. The young man takes her to his own family where she is kept in a room until she is convinced to put a scarf as a sign of acceptance.
Beating Groom’s Feet in SOUTH KOREA
The Korean wedding culture features groom’s friends removing his shoes and tying his feet together with a rope. They then start beating the sole of his feet with the stick by lifting his legs off the ground.
Releasing the Doves in PHILIPPINES
Sake Cup Tradition in JAPAN
In the Japanese tradition of San-San-Kudo, the bride and the groom take three sips each from the three flat sake cups which is repeated by their parents too symbolizing that it bonds the family together.