Fascinating Wedding Traditions from Around the World
Every culture cherishes its own wedding customs. If you follow these traditions, the theory goes, you will find eternal joy with your soul mate.
Here are some of these traditions.
According to the custom, when the bride and groom enter their wedding reception – typically at the groom’s house – they break a plate for good luck, then are given lavash and honey by the groom’s mother. They balance the bread on their shoulders to ward off evil and eat spoonfuls of honey to symbolize happiness, and then the party really starts.
French brides and grooms traditionally eat chocolate and champagne from a toilet bowl after the reception. The point is to give the twosome strength before their wedding night.
In China, a prospective husband will shoot his bride with a bow and (head-less) arrow several times, then collects the arrows and breaks them during the ceremony, to ensure their love lasts forever.
On his wedding day, a Greek groom’s best man, or “koumparos,” shaves his pal’s face. But the groom’s day also has a sweet side: After he’s been freshly shaved, his new mother-in-law will feed him honey and almonds.