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Rufai Oladimeji
, Nigeria.
A wedding is a beautiful ceremony that
commemorates the union of two people on a
journey of sharing the rest of their lives
together. Each culture has its own customs
as to how people get married, usually
depending on religious beliefs and
sometimes on superstitions as well.
Some of these rituals are better known than
others. Here is a list of 10 wedding
traditions from around the world that are
unusual yet interesting in their own ways.

10 France

In France , when people got married
(especially couples who were young), friends
and family gathered at the house of the
newlyweds and banged on pots and pans
while yelling and singing. The newlyweds had
to come out and serve these visitors drinks
and snacks and sometimes even give them
money to make them go away.
In more extreme cases, if the visitors were
ignored, they would break into the house
and kidnap the groom and leave him
somewhere far away. He would then have to
find his way home while probably undressed.
This tradition of the charivari (aka the
shivaree) started in the Middle Ages. When
widows were supposedly getting married too
soon, neighbors engaged in this disruptive
behavior on the wedding night. However, the
tradition is all in fun.

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Rufai Oladimeji
, Nigeria.
9 Mauritania

In Mauritania , the bigger a girl is, the more
attractive she becomes. This is why parents
send their daughters, some as young as five
years old, to “fat camps” during summer to
gain weight. This tradition is known as the
Leblouh. The girls have to eat an absurd
amount of food and may even be force-fed
in some cases.
It is believed that these girls consume up to
16,000 calories per day. This practice stems
from a belief that a woman’s size indicates
the space she occupies in her husband’s
heart. A woman’s size also indicates the
husband’s wealth. The richer he is, the
bigger the wife he can afford.
When the time comes, a man and his family
would choose his bride and make an
agreement with her family. The bigger the
girl, the more desirable she becomes.

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8 Scotland

The Blackening, a traditional Scottish
wedding custom, is done before the
ceremony as a way to symbolize the
hardships of marriage. The bride, the groom,
or both are doused in anything disgusting—
such as eggs, dead fish, rotten food, curdled
milk, tar, mud, or flour—by their friends
and family.
Then they are either tied to a tree or taken
around town in the back of an open truck.
The idea is to get them to be very
uncomfortable and have it witnessed by as
many people as possible.
It is believed that after going through this
together, the couple can go through all the
trials and tribulations that marriage entails.
The Blackening is practiced mostly in the
rural areas of northeast Scotland .

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7 China

There is a custom among the Tujia people of
China for every bride to cry at the wedding
ceremony. The elders believe that this
practice can be used to express the bride’s
gratitude and love toward her parents and
other family members. If the bride doesn’t
cry, then the guests look down on her as a
poorly cultivated girl.
The bride begins to practice her crying a
month before the actual wedding. She
spends an hour every night weeping loudly.
After 10 days of this, the bride’s mother
joins in the practice, followed by the bride’s
grandmother and other female relatives. The
tears do not signify sadness but rather joy
and hope. This practice is not as common
anymore.

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6 Borneo

Even though many wedding traditions are
observed by the Tidong people of Borneo,
the oddest one bans the couples from using
the bathroom for three days after the
wedding. This means that the bride and
groom have to hold their pee and poop for
three days in a row.
If they do use the bathroom during this
period of time, they believe that it will bring
terrible luck to the marriage. It will be filled
with infidelity or even the death of their
children at a very young age.
During this post-wedding period, the couple
is watched over by several others who feed
them minimal food and drink. After the
three days are up, the newlyweds are bathed
and permitted to return to normal life.

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5 China/Mongolia

The Daur people of China and parts of Inner
Mongolia have a unique way of choosing a
wedding date. The engaged couple holds
onto one knife and uses it to execute a baby
chick. Then they dissect it to inspect its
organs.
If the liver is healthy, the couple can set a
date and start planning the wedding.
However, if the liver is diseased, it is
considered back luck. The couple has to
repeat the process until they find a chick
with a healthy liver.

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4 India

In some parts of India , astrological
compatibility plays a huge role in marriage
and wedding ceremonies. If the bride is born
“Mars-bearing,” she is said to be cursed and
to cause an early death for her husband.
To break this curse, she has to marry a
banana tree. This tree is then destroyed, and
the curse is lifted. However, this practice has
been made illegal because it is believed to
violate women’s rights. Nonetheless, people
still practice it, even Bollywood stars like
Aishwarya Rai.

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3 Wales

From as early as the 17th century, the Welsh
have had a unique tradition of courtship. A
young man would take a single piece of wood
and ornately carve it into a spoon. Then he
would gift it to the woman he is courting as
a token of love and intention.
If accepted, the spoon became symbolic of
an engagement between the couple. This love
spoon also served as a promise that the
groom would never let the bride go hungry.
Nowadays, love spoons can be purchased.
They are also given as gifts for other special
occasions, such as christenings and
birthdays. This tradition can be found in
other parts of Europe as well.

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Maasai

Maasai weddings are elaborate and involve
many traditions. However, the most unusual
customs involve spitting. After a marriage is
agreed upon by the two families, a wedding
date is set. On that day, an elder will spit
out milk in front of the bride’s house to
mark the wedding procession.
The bride is dressed in a colorful, bold outfit
with necklaces made of shells and beads. Her
head is shaved and oiled with lamb fat. Her
father will then spit on her head and breasts.
Spitting is believed to bring good fortune
into the bride’s married life.

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1 India

Another unusual wedding tradition is
practiced by the Tamil Brahmins in southern
India. In one of many rituals , the groom has
to pretend to reconsider the marriage and
leave to become a priest while his family
members convince him to stay and go
through with the wedding.
The priest who will officiate at the wedding
is also involved in trying to “change the
groom’s mind.” After all this, the groom
eventually goes to the marriage hall, the
bride’s family welcomes him, and other
wedding functions begin.

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+ Marquesas Islands Of French Polynesia

The people of the Marquesas Islands have a
unique wedding tradition. After the
ceremony is over, the bride’s relatives lie
facedown and side by side on the floor . The
couple then walk over them out of the
wedding hall as if they were a normal carpet.

Source: listverse.com/2019/01/01/10-unusual-wedding-traditions-from-around-the-world/

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