You’ve probably heard the saying going “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” for a bride to carry these four special objects as good luck charms on her wedding day. The saying originates from an old English tradition to bring good fortune to the happy couple. Every culture has their own traditions and superstitions when it comes to marriage. Here are just a few from around the world…
CONFETTI FROM ITALY
This well-known and now widely used tradition originated in Italy. Instead of using bits of paper or rice, originally the guests would throw candy, such as sugared almonds, as the bride and groom walked by.
CARRYING TWO BOUQUETS IN MEXICO
In Mexico, the bride will carry two bouquets, one for herself and another representing a tribute to the Virgin Mary.
SAKE SHARING CEREMONY IN JAPAN
In Japan, the bride, groom and their parents will take three sips each from three cups of sake. This is meant to serve as a bonding tradition for the families.
RELEASING TWO DOVES IN THE PHILIPPINES
At Filipino weddings, it’s a widely held tradition for the bride and groom to release two doves in a demonstration of love, harmony and peace throughout their married life. What a beautiful and symbolic gesture.
“BLACKENING” IN SCOTLAND
As a testament to the cheeky Scottish sense of humour, before a wedding the bride will be taken outside and covered in mud, flour, eggs, milk, or any other manner of muck in order to prepare her for marriage.
PLANTING A TREE IN CZECH REPUBLIC
In the Czech Republic, guests will plant a tree in the bride’s garden, which will then be decorated by friends and family. The tree will soon be covered in ribbons and eggshells, which is supposed to symbolise fertility and a long life for the bride.
THE MONEY DANCE IN POLAND
It’s tradition in Poland for guests to give the bride money in exchange for a brief dance with her. There are several other countries that use a variation on this tradition, including in Greece where the money is pinned to the bride’s dress.
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