Wedding is a beautiful event for couples who finally tied the knot. To every people who are in a loving relationship, a wedding is the perfect ending between a couple and a perfect beginning for them.
Talking about weddings, most will think about the dresses, the cakes, the presents and the wedding ceremony itself. What most usually forget are there are different ways of how different culture celebrates the newly wed couple. In this article, here are some unique wedding traditions around the world:
1. The Blackening: Scotland
Scotland has a unique way to celebrate the bride and groom. This Scottish tradition will have them lather rotten egg, ash, feathers, alcohol and flour a day before the bride and grooms wedding by their family and friends. This is to bring good luck and is carried out to avoid evil spirits. However, not every region in Scotland does this to both couples as some region does it only to the bride or the groom.
2. Kumbh Vivah: India
Indians believed that both men and women are born as Mangliks. What they mean by this is Mars is situated in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th or 12th house of a person’s Rashi (Indian astrological moon sign) and these houses are believed to be cursed.
They say that Mangalik Dosha can give a married couple a negative impact such as causing the untimely death of one of the couples. To get rid of this unfortunate luck, the Kumbh Vivh are performed before their wedding. This ritual is between a Mangalik and either a statue of Vishnu or a Peepal tree or banana tree.
3. Falaka: South Korea
Before the groom can leave the wedding with his bride, he will be taken away by his friends and family members where he was bound to a chair with both shoes and socks removed.
They will then be quizzed by them to test his knowledge. If he answered wrong, the soles of his feet will be beaten by a stick or cane. It might be painful but it is usually a funny event as they watch the groom suffer before he can happily leave with his bride.
4. Log-Cutting: Germany
After their wedding, the bride and groom for Germany will instantly be put to a test by working together to saw a log in half in front of their guests. This tradition is to test the bond between the bride and groom and to see their ability to work together. It showcases how the bride and groom faces the challenges that will come throughout their marriage.
So, which one do you find interesting the most?
- Nurul Aina Fatihah Binti Zamri is a Screenwriting student for the Faculty of Film, Theatre and Animation of UiTM.
- Dr. Mohd Syuhaidi Abu Bakar is the Vice Dean of Research and Industrial Relation for the Faculty of Film, Theatre and Animation of UiTM.