Wedding is once in a lifetime event and so everyone tries to make it a memorable one. While there are many communities in the world whose wedding rituals are done in an amazing way, there are many others who do it in a quite bizarre way. From beating the bride’s feet, shooting the bride and spitting on bride’s head to marrying animals, there are many bizarre wedding rituals being practiced around the world. Here are some of the most popular ones. Take a look.
1. Marrying animals to get rid of ghosts (India)
In some places in India, girls with certain facial structure or those born with baby tooth erupted through the gum are considered possessed by ghosts. Such girls are made to marry an animal, usually a goat or a dog. They believe that this breaks off the curse and expels the ghost from her body, and she can later marry a man.
2. Marrying a tree or statue (India)
In this ritual, if the bride and groom are destined with a Manglik Dosh, then the one who has the Dosh (akin to the evil eye) will marry either a statue of Vishnu, or a peepal or banana tree first to ward off the evil. After this, they marry their better half. Bizarre, isn’t it?
3. Spitting on bride’s head in Massai (Kenya)
Under this bizarre ritual, the bride’s head is shaved and lamb fat and oil are applied on it. The bride’s father then spits on her head and breasts.
4. Bad treatment on the bride-to-be (Scotland)
Just before the wedding day, the bride-to-be is taken away by her friends only to be thrown at with all kinds of gross stuff on her. She is pelted at with stuff like curdled milk, dead fish, spoiled food, tar and feathers, etc. She is then taken for a whole night for drinking and at last tied to a tree. It is said that this ritual is done with the believe that if a girl can withstand this kind of treatment, she can handle any difficulty after marriage.
5. Shooting the bride (China)
This ritual is performed by the China’s Yugur nationalities in which the groom shoots the bride with a bow three times. It is harmless as they perform without arrow heads. The groom then breaks the arrows. It is said that this is done so that the couple will stay in love forever.
6. Beating the groom’s feet (South Korea)
This ritual is done on the groom and is done after the marriage wherein the groom’s friends remove his shoes and tie his feet together. They then lift the feet and hit the soles with a stick. It is done in a fun way. They believe this makes the man stronger and energetic before the first night.
7. Bride kidnapping (A common practice all over the world)
Bride kidnapping is being practiced all over the world. It is kidnapping or running away with the girl that a man wishes to marry. The kidnapping of the girl from her home is done by the boy and sometimes by a group of people involving his friends and relatives.
8. Money dance with bride
This ritual was started from Poland but is now popular in various parts of the world. In this ritual, the male guests pay money to dance with the bride, while the female guests pay to dance with the groom.
9. The kissing ritual (Sweden)
In this ritual, all the young and unmarried guests are made to kiss the bride and groom. The groom disappears to allow all the young and unmarried men to kiss the bride, and so the bride to allow all the female guests to kiss the groom.
10. Carrying the bride across the threshold (Medieval Europe)
Practiced in the Medieval Europe, this ritual requires groom to carry the bride to his house. It is believed that a newly wed girl is vulnerable to evil spirits through the soles of her feet. So to avoid any spirits coming into contact, she is carried over the threshold to her new home.
11. Crying ritual (China)
This ritual is performed by Tuija people in China in which the celebration of wedding takes place 30 days before the main event. They prepare for it by crying. The bride first starts the ceremony by crying for an hour a day. After 10 days, her mother joins her, 10 days following which, her grandmother joins them. This continues until the whole family joins her in shedding tears.
Any more bizarre rituals you know other than the above?