Celebrating love is nothing new or specific to any region, culture, or life. Everyone around the world can recognize and celebrate their love in some form. And one very important ceremony associated with that is a wedding, where two people join themselves in marriage as a symbol of their dedication and love for each other. But what does that look like in different parts of the world? Let’s talk about some unique wedding traditions from around the world.
Norwegian Brides Deflect Evil
A truly stunning silver and gold crown with dangles that tinkle while you walk is typically donned in traditional Norwegian weddings as a way to ward off evil spirits during the wedding as the bride walks. The sound is supposedly the secret to this concept.
During a wedding, the bride and groom are draped in a rosary and flowers lazo or lasso in the shape of a figure eight. This is a Mexican tradition that is meant to symbolize the two people’s union as well as the figure eight also symbolizing an infinity symbol for infinite happiness.
Shooting Bows in China
Headless arrows are shot at a bride by the groom before the wedding in a particular tradition in China, which are then collected and the groom is to break them during the ceremony. It’s supposed to be a symbol that ensures lasting love.
Scotland for Eloping
An old tradition of English couples stealing away to Gretna Green in Scotland to avoid the restrictions to over 21 years of age for marriage in England (this was put in place many years ago and no longer remains) turned this place into a perfect getaway to elope even in modern years.
Tradition in Lebanon is loud and quite boisterous as a fun way to get the wedding started. Their weddings, known as Zaffe, starts with loud music, dancing, and shouting at the bride and groom’s homes which eventually ends up at the bride’s house to prepare for the ceremony.
It is awe-inspiring to witness and learn about some of the millions of ways people can express their love for each other and dedicate so much effort, time, and entire lifetimes to each other through marriage. Even without marriage you can see the beauty of love in many forms all throughout the globe. These are just some of many traditions you can learn about around the world to inspire and educate you about weddings and about love as a whole.