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The 13 most curious wedding rituals in the world

Updated: Jun 4, 2021

Carry salt and bread in your pockets In Germany, the tradition is that the bride must carry salt and bread in her pocket to ensure abundance, and it is up to the groom to carry grain cereal, to give health and luck.

Cutting a log of wood as a symbol of teamwork

It consists of cutting in half, with the help of a saw, a large log of wood. This represents teamwork and the ability to overcome difficulties during the marriage.

Check the purity of the bride

In the Gypsy culture, there is a ritual that determines whether the bride still retains her virginity, the so-called "handkerchief test" is performed to check the purity of the bride on the same day of the wedding.

Greece, rituals of prosperity and good luck Here they have two traditions, one is to wish the couple good luck, and it is done by breaking plates and the other is to cover them with bills so that they do the "money dance" to attract prosperity to the marriage.

Swedish bridal rituals In Sweden the bride usually puts a silver and gold coin in each shoe, her father offers her the silver coin and her mother the gold one, making sure that she never goes without them.

Tradition since Ancient Rome The wedding cake tradition dates back from the Ancient Rome, where during the wedding ceremony a piece of bread was broken on the head of the bride for good fertility.

The particular signs of good luck

In Egypt a particular wedding rite consists of pinching the bride on her wedding day, by the women invited to the party. This is a sign of good luck.

Sweet rituals Greek weddings are full of symbols and traditions, as well as being reputed to be very fun and joyful. One of the traditions of the brides is to put a little sugar inside the gloves, as a way to adore their union; or a small package saved because that way a sweet marriage is ensured.

A particular walk through the town In Scotland the tradition is to fill the couple with feathers, fish, flour and even dirt and walk them around the town. There are two reasons why they can do this. One is for both to understand what the other is going through and to support each other and also to protect themselves from evil spirits.

Rituals of mental and physical strength In South Korea one of the wedding rituals has to do with punishment. If your boyfriend never wanted to learn to dance this is the perfect moment, since after the ceremony he will have to take off his shoes to have his feet whipped while you will have to answer several questions, with the purpose of making people laugh, and not just causing pain to the groom. Therefore it is a test of mental and physical strength.

Spiritual Destiny breaking a glass With the aim of remembering the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, jewish weddings have a tradition where the groom breaks a crystal goblet with his foot, which also identifies the couple with their spiritual destiny. In the end, the bride and groom cannot be missed in the chairs while they try to be close to kiss.

Breaking glasses In Italy during the party a glass must be broken. That will determine the years of happiness of the new married couple, the number of pieces that come out will be equal to the years of happiness.

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