31 Really Weird Marriage Customs From Around The World.
Throwing the bouquet, scandalously removing the garter, the couple's first dance, the cutting of the cake, and the life-affirming moment that the Electric Slide begins - these are all wedding traditions that most Americans know and love. Around the world, wedding traditions are a little bit different: Some of them are heartwarmingly romantic, and some of them are a little strange, and some of them might make you a little bit uncomfortable. Check out these 31 love and marriage customs from around the globe.
#1. The Bridal Kidnapping
Here's a completely messed up tradition that will have you cringing; In Krygyzstan, an old adage claims that tears on a wedding day will make for a happy marriage. Until 1991 (when it was finally made illegal) many parents would consent to the marriage of a kidnapped young girl, especially if she was crying.
#2. The Blackening of the Bride
In Scotland, there is a particularly nasty pre-wedding tradition that involves the bride and groom being pelted with food trash, including rotten eggs and fish. The Scots believe that if a couple can withstand this, their marriage can withstand anything.
#3. The Mandatory Tears of Love
For China's Tujia people, the bride-to-be is actually required to begin weeping for one hour a day, for one month before a wedding. In fact, many of the women in the bride's family are encouraged to weep as well.
#4. My Big, Fat Mauritanian Wedding
In Mauritania, a large, full-bodied wife is said to signify good luck and prosperity in a marriage. Unfortunately, Mauritian women are often force-fed to become fatter for their wedding, sometimes causing them endless illness and health problems down the line.
#5. To a Whale of a Wife
In Fiji, men have to find an unusual gift before they can ask for a woman's hand in marriage: Before asking for the hand of his beloved, the groom must present his father-in-law with a whale's tooth.
#6. Love and the Chicken Liver
In Daur, China, there is a tradition that requires engaged couples to dissect a chicken and check out it's liver: If the liver is healthy, the couple can set a date. If not, they can't plan their nuptials until they find one that is.
#7. The Love Without Bathroom Breaks
In Borneo, one tribe does not allow newlyweds to leave their homes during their wedding day, not even to go to the bathroom. Like most odd traditions, it is said to bring the couple good luck.
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