Wedding culinary customs Unique cuisines around the world
England- Tiered fruitcake • Bride and groom cut the cake together to symbolize working together during their marriage- It’s considered lucky • Top tier is saved for either first anniversary or • christening of first child • People that could not attend the wedding are often • sent a piece of cake as a memento • Old superstition: Unmarried people place a piece • of the cake under their
Jordan almonds • Italy: • Health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity • Party favors • Represents bitter and sweet part of life • Greece • Called koufetta • Served on silver tray in bags with odd number of koufetta • Unmarried woman places under pillow and dreams of future husband
china • Food was the best way to flaunt wealth • As many as 8-12 courses • Delicacies: Shark fin soup, bird’s nest soup(swift eggs), and a whole fish • Tangyuan (sweetriceballsoup) for a sweet and smoothmarriage
Philippines • Delicacies such as bibingka (a gooey coconut treat) or suman (a sticky rice cake wrapped in coconut leaves) symbolize that the couple will be forever "glued" together • Roasted whole pig (lechon) symbolizes prosperity and abundance for the couple
Nigeria • Igbo tribe of southern Nigeria- Kola nuts • Served to symbolize the couple's ability to heal differences in their marriage • Shared between bride, groom, and parents
India • Madhupak- “offering” • Bride’s father offers to groom • Mixture of honey and yogurt • Symbolizes welcome and respect
Morocco • Milk- safety and happiness • Date- sweet and smooth life • Festivity is associated with generosity and affluence, therefore, wedding meals are very elaborate as a status symbol • Fish and chicken- symbols of fertility • Pastries like snake-inspired m'hanncha are considered worthy of nobility
Japan • Herringroe (kazunoko) • Symbolizes fertility and family prosperity • fish eggs are dried in the sun and pickled in kosher salt to form one large piece
france • Croquembouche- cake thatsomewhatresemblesEiffle Tower • Made fromcream puffs covered in carmalizedsugar or sometimeschocolate
Bermuda • Bride and groom put a cedar sapling on top of their cake • They plant the sapling at their first home and watch it grow as a symbol of their union
korea • Kuksoo- long noodles representing a long life for the happy couple • Yak shik: sticky-rice ball confection with brown sugar and speckled with raisins, pine nuts, and chestnuts, symbolizes children • Chestnuts and dates are thrown at the bride, who tries to catch them in her dress. The number she catches indicates how big a family the happy couple will have
Costa rica • Casados!!!
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