Marriages are one of the best events people look forward to. Time and again, weddings have been the centre of some of the most gorgeous and weirdest practices that one could come across. Majority of countries have their specific traditions which they generously follow during weddings as part of apparent good luck.
However, these practices may seem funny and absolutely of no use for the rest of the word but have become a necessary ritual for the country they are followed in.
Listed here are 7 of the weirdest wedding traditions that will leave your mind in a fix as to why people follow it, despite it being weird:
Making the bride and groom dirty – Scotland
Scotland follows the tradition of pouring all sorts of stuff like flour, molasses and soot on the bodies of the brides and grooms to make them dirty. They are then made to walk throughout the city. This is done before the couples get married and are decked up properly in order to ward off negative vibes that might affect their married life ahead.
The bride is kept as a hostage – Romania
Romania follows the funny tradition of keeping the bride in a hotel room until the husband barges in to proclaim his love before all. The bride is kept in the room by the relatives themselves.
Breaking dishes – German
This is yet another unique tradition followed by the families of the bride and groom in Germany. They break cutlery and other cookware and dishes in front of the house of the new bride and groom as a sign of good luck for glass being broken is considered a good omen. This is commonly known as ‘peltrabend’ and is followed all over Germany with great enthusiasm. Also, the bride and groom have to sweep the broken dishes away later on.
Stealing the groom’s shoes – India
Indians are known for their enormous number of rituals and practices followed during marriages. One among them is stealing new shoes of the groom when he comes to the bride’s place to be wed. This is usually done by the sisters and other female friends. In return, they demand money and gifts from the groom if he wants his shoes back.
Holding pee for three days – Indonesia
A rather weird and shocking practice is followed in Indonesia where the newly-weds cannot pee for three days straight after getting married. They are provided with minimal food and water so that they do not have to pee. The family and friends of the couple keep a check on them to see that the ritual is correctly followed. Hazardous as it may sound for the health of the couple, it is righteously followed to bring in good luck in their married life.
The ritual where the bride cries for a month – China
The Tujia clan of China follows a ritual of making the bride cry for a whole month before the wedding. She is later joined by the mother and the grandmother on the tenth day. The women need to cry throughout the month and it is symbolic of the fact that the tears are of happiness and joy. Because the bride is going to embark on a new journey.
Shooting arrows towards the new bride – China
China follows another weird tradition of shooting three fake arrows at the new bride one after the other. The groom then takes the arrows and breaks them. This is symbolic of the everlasting love and affection between the two.