Tying the Knot. Wedding Traditions from around the world…. Source: http://www.worldweddingtraditions.com/.
Wedding Traditions from around the world…
The word “wed” is derived from the ancient Greek word for “pledge.” And that’s exactly what a wedding is, no matter what country it takes place in, no matter what culture it’s part of. To wed is to pledge yourself to another. There are few acts we perform that are more pure or more beautiful than the act of marriage.
In almost all cultures the marriage ceremony ends with the exchanging of a kiss. The wedding kiss transcends cultures; it is one of the very few things that bind all of us together as human beings. From ancient times to the modern day, from the deepest jungles to the tallest skyscrapers, the wedding kiss symbolizes for all people everywhere the physical uniting of two souls.
An African wedding is, more than anything, the bringing together of two people as a single family, or the combining of two families or tribes into one family unit. Wedding ceremonies are large and colorful celebrations that can last several days.
In Japan, the color purple represents love and a young bride may choose to wear an elaborately-embroidered silk kimono covered in purple iris-flowers. Weddings are traditionally either Shinto, during which the natural spirits-- the kami-- are called upon to bless the couple, or it might be a Buddhist ceremony during which two strings of beads are interwoven, symbolizing the joining of two families into one.
Chinese character “Ai”-- Love
Japanese Wedding with White Kimono
In many parts of the Middle East it is common for five different parties to be thrown for the wedding ceremony.
In Belize, weddings are a very joyous occasion. Fiends and family fill the church while the rest of the villagers peer in through the doors and windows, anxious not to miss a moment. While the groom and his best man stand at the alter, the bride waits outside the church until the moment of her grand entrance.
About 40% of all weddings in Guatemala are Mayan, and follow ancient Mayan customs and traditions. Flowers are everywhere at a Guatemalan wedding, and the ceremony is followed by much singing and dancing and rejoicing.Central America
There is no such thing as a best man at a Caribbean Island wedding. The bride’s father or often both of her parents escort her down the aisle with her face hidden by a veil. At the end of the ceremony, which is often a mixture of Catholic and Mayan and African, the groom lifts the veil and kisses his new bride to the cheering of family and friends.
According to German wedding tradition, when a baby girl is born in Germany, several trees are planted in honor of her birth. When her wedding date is set, the trees are sold, and the money is used for her dowry.