- Cultures all over the world celebrate weddings in unique ways.
- In Germany, couples invite their loved ones to smash porcelain dishes and wish them luck.
- In China, couples serve tea to their elders to show respect and gratitude.
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Trisha:Cultures throughout the world have their own unique ideas on how to say, “I do.” We’re taking you around the globe to show you how people celebrate their big day.
The dollar dance, also known as the money or apron dance, is a tradition associated with countries all over, including Poland, Hungary, Nigeria, Philippines, and Mexico. These videos feature a Mexican American wedding and Mexican Filipino wedding. Money is tossed, handed, or pinned onto the couple while different guests take turns dancing with the newlyweds. The money is a great way to help with a little extra financial support and to let them know you wish them a life of prosperity.
Jumping the broom refers to a wedding tradition in which a couple literally jumps over a broom. There’s a misconception that it began during slavery in the United States, but it originated in Ghana and is still practiced there. The broom holds spiritual value and symbolizes the sweeping away of evils and past wrongs. Today, some African American couples include it in their ceremony as a tribute to tradition.
In Greece, the koumbaro is similar to the best man. On the morning of the wedding, they help the groom prepare for the ceremony by helping them shave and get ready. It’s a practice that signifies trust between close friends.
In the days before the wedding, one or both of the fiancés are taken by their friends and family and covered in various substances like soot, feathers, food, and more. The tradition started as a way to ward off danger from supernatural forces. After being covered up, they’re paraded around town while their friends make plenty of noise and make a scene for all to see.
The Chinese tea ceremony is a wedding tradition that bonds two families together. While kneeling, the couple serves tea to their parents. Traditionally, the couple serves the groom’s parents and elders in order of seniority, followed by the bride’s family. This serves as a formal introduction, to show respect, and to express gratitude. In return, the couple usually receives lucky red envelopes with money or jewelry.
In this pre-wedding ritual, turmeric paste is rubbed onto the couple’s skin by friends and family. In India, turmeric can signify a lot of things, including purity, fertility, and good health. The paste also gives the couple a nice glow for their big day. The ceremony is usually accompanied by traditional song and dance and is supposed to ease nerves.
This German tradition has guests smashing porcelain before the wedding to wish the couple luck in their married life. The couple is responsible for cleaning up the shards to symbolize teamwork. The more shards of broken dishes, the better the luck the couple will have.