Marriage is a sacred union between two different people who promise to stick to each other in every situation together, be it thick or thin only death can separate them. Sometimes some people need to do something unusual to find the right partner or sometimes to ensure they are choosing the right partner.
Here are few unusual rituals or practices that take place during or after a marriage which will definitely confuse and muddle you.
1. Spit on the Bride (Massai, Kenya):
One of the most unusual tradition in the Massai region of Kenya, at a wedding ceremony held by the Massai people, the bride’s head is shaved and lamb fat and oil is applied on her head. The father of the bride blesses his daughter by spitting on her head and breasts. Spitting is a symbol of disgrace usually but in Massai nation it is thought to bring good luck and fortune.
2. Pounding the Grooms Feet (South Korea):
The ritual of “beating the groom’s feet” takes place after the wedding ceremony in South Korea. The Groom’s friends remove his shoes and tie his feet together with a rope or sash. They then lift his legs off the ground and start beating the soles of his feet with a stick or dried yellow corvina. Yellow corvina is a kind of fish! It is believed that this will make the groom stronger before the first wedding night.
3. Blackening the Bride (Scotland):
Blackening of the bride is a very old Scottish tradition. It’s part of a hazing ritual that actually happens before the wedding. The bride is taken by surprise, by hands down the crummiest friends you could have, and covered from head to toe with all kinds of crap. It can be anything: spoiled milk from the back of your fridge right down to tar and feathers. The ritual of covering brides and grooms in treacle, soot and flour used to be carried out to ward off evil spirits.
Gerewol Festival (Niger):
In Niger, men have to dress in elaborate costumes and perform for their potential mates. When the performance is over, the women get to choose the man they like best. Not getting a bride since a long time? Why don’t you try your luck here?
Charivari: Banging on the first night (France):
No, this is not the type of banging you think. Family and friends gather outside the house of the newly weds and start banging on pots and pans. What’s more? The couple has to serve them drinks and snacks. This age-old French tradition is known as Charivari.
Hold your Pee and Poop (Borneo):
The bride and groom of the Tidong community in Borneo are confined to a house or a room where they are not allowed to take a dump or even pee for 3 days and 3 nights. Imagine the agony and the relief.
And you thought only India has the weirdest of marriage rituals! Seriously, guys? No offence, but these sound less of marriage rituals and more of a ‘Crime Patrol’ episode. Live-in is such a better option than following these weird things. Mention your views in the comment section below. Stay tuned for more such nothingness.