Wedding customs. Part 1
All of us are connected by a set of unique traditions and customs and the wedding is no exception. Wedding ceremonies are performed all over the world, regardless of religion and nationality. But the organization of weddings varies even within the same country. Some of the marriage rituals are very unusual, many have survived from ancient times, but despite the rapid changes in social life, take place to this day.
There are many interesting and ancient customs in Scotland. For example, one of the traditions: bridesmaids before the wedding, dipped his feet in a container of water. This is done in order to find the coin lying at the bottom of the vessel. According to the superstition, the first girl to find the coin will marry next year. A bachelor party is a regular stag party celebrated by the groom and his friends at a bar. No Scottish wedding is complete without musical accompaniment on bagpipes at the beginning and at the end of the ceremony.
French wedding has a special chic. An important role in the French wedding play orange flowers. During solemn promises, over heads bridegroom and bride’s hold silk slice of tissue (carre), which symbolizes protection from of evil. There is also a custom to remove the bride’s shoes and give them to the groom. The ritual performed by the father of the bride, and it means the transfer of “authority” over the girl. Guests bring with them small cakes and pour them into a pile so as to form a hill. The higher the edible mound, the better. The bride and groom bite off a piece of the hill, trying not to destroy it. The custom symbolizes well-being and prosperity.
The German wedding includes some strange traditions, one of them is a bachelor party, where the assembled guests break the dishes, and the bride and groom clean up after them. In such a non-standard way, the comic tradition prepares the newlyweds for life together. The ancient custom of the German wedding-sprinkle young rice during the exit of the Church. Every grain stuck in the bride’s hair means a future descendant.