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Wedding traditions of people of the world
Irrespective of on what continent passes a ceremony of wedding and future spouses belong to what nationalities, the wedding will be one of the most festive and unforgettable events in their life. Wedding traditions of the world are very various, after all how many the people, it is so much and exists customs and beliefs.
Practically all of them originate many centuries back and today some of them can seem to us strange and not always the pertinent. However you should not forget that each tradition bears in itself a deep meaning and not for nothing passes from father to son.
European wedding traditions
In Europe there is a huge number of various signs and sacraments which have roots in the remote past. For example, already during an era of antiquity there was a tradition by which at a wedding friends and girlfriends newly married were appointed. And all had identical dresses, including the groom and the bride. Was considered that evil ghosts who by all means will want to do much harm to newlyweds, will not be able to find them among equally dressed people.
English wedding traditions
On Foggy Albion styles and color of dresses of the girlfriends are chosen by the bride, and her family pays their cost. Among girlfriends gets out main, it bears a bridal bouquet and stands behind her back during wedding. Relatives the young settle down in the left wing of church, relatives of the young - in right. To an altar the newly married the father if it is not present conducts it, this duty is carried out by the brother, the relative or the friend of the family.
The tradition connected with the bride's garter is observed by British many years. It is considered that it will bring happiness to the owner therefore men arranged violent competitions because of this wedding accessory. Young people sat down on horses and the one who the first hopped to the house newly married, on a lap expected the award there. The bride lifted a dress hem, took off a garter and gave to the lucky, wishing thus good luck to it and his beloved.
Wedding traditions in Italy
The Sicilian wedding differs in the scope and original rituals. Here wedding – the real holiday of life. First of all, young make the list of desired gifts, it is quite practical as it is possible to avoid three microwave ovens or ten tea services presented on a wedding. On the eve of a celebration the groom steals the bride to pay a tribute to old traditions. Also on Sicily it is not enough to young girl to prepare a dress, a veil and accessories for a wedding. She has to take care of five things and it is obligatory to take them on a wedding:
Only after the girl will bring together all necessary, the holiday can begin. At the Sicilian wedding it is accepted that newlyweds gave to guests small gifts. Everyone carries away home a beautiful bonbonniere with refined sweets.
Wedding traditions in Germany
After a betrothal young in Germany parents of the bride organize a feast to which anyone can come. So-called "buffet" and any guest is laid can add it with baking of own preparation, snack or alcoholic beverages. But a main issue is that each guest bears with himself a ceramic figure, a plate, a vase and other subjects which will be broken for luck under windows of the house of the bride. Young have to clean all splinters together. It is considered that thus guests drive away from newlyweds of evil ghosts.
One more original wedding tradition is in Germany that the little girl since the childhood starts collecting coins and when grows, pays with them for shoes which will put on wedding. During a trip to church, the bride has to look only forward and not look back, differently marriage will not develop and she will marry the second time.
In the 19th century Queen Victoria entered new beautiful custom: on the first wedding the young holds a myrtaceous bouquet in hand. Once long ago the queen got a branch of this plant from a bouquet of the oldest daughter and put to the earth. After the myrtle got accustomed, Victoria took for the rule to make of it wedding bouquets for the granddaughters and great-granddaughters.
East wedding traditions
The countries of the East always differed from Europe not only cultural heritage, but also mentality. In spite of the fact that today east states become more increasing similar on European, they deeply honor and observe the ancient wedding ceremonies and carry out them in due form.
Traditions of the Chinese wedding
From the very beginning the ceremony of wedding was considered in China as very serious action and desires of young people were not considered there. At first parents of the groom sent matchmakers that those handed gifts to the bride's parents. If gifts were accepted, intermediaries were handed the document on which date of birth of future bride was specified, with its help the horoscope of family life of future couple was formed. At the favorable forecast of matchmakers again sent to the house of the bride with the document with data of the groom. Only after that members of families met and agreed about a wedding.
According to traditions of the Chinese wedding, tea was and remains the most valuable present.
Before a ceremony the young bride was bathed in a citrus bathtub, clearing of devil slanders, and then set hair in the manner of the married woman. In the Chinese wedding dresses red color prevails, it symbolizes pleasure and love. Relatives young give it the gold jewelry folded in small red boxes.
Wedding traditions of Azerbaijan
This country is famous for the wedding ceremonies and traditions. When the young man decided to marry he has to notify the darling's relatives on the intention to send matchmakers. If the bride's family against, then relatives of the young man ask for the help dear people that those led discussion with parents of the girl and promoted change of the decision. Also there is a custom which small courtship is called, during it the bride is married off by two women: mother of the groom and his close relative.
Then, according to wedding traditions of Azerbaijan, the Small betrothal, behind it Big is carried out. During the first betrothal relatives of the groom give to the bride a scarf, sweets and a wedding ring. Some months later there comes time of the second betrothal during which the young receives a set of various gifts, including "shah". It is traditional wedding attribute, the branch decorated with fruit and candies also to it candles, brocade and a mirror fasten. Mall which carries out a wedding ceremony, receives money and a piece of sugar in an award.
Traditions of the Chechen wedding
Weddings in Chechnya is the bright dramatized representation where each participant plays a part. He accurately knows where to it to stand during a celebration and what to speak. It becomes not to offend anybody from invited, and it is correct to observe national traditions.
Integral part of a celebration are national dances which are the main occupation of guests throughout all three wedding days. Also invited friends and relatives surely give to a young family gifts: women house utensils, and men hand to the bride money.
According to traditions of the Chechen wedding young throughout all feast is in the corner which is specially prepared for it. There to it the groom's relatives periodically are suitable for acquaintance to the new family member. To sit down have a rest the young can only with a permission of the mother-in-law or the husband's sisters, but not to take part in a general feast.
Wedding traditions in India
In India ceremonies which were thought up by ancestors are still carefully observed. Very often future couple develops thanks to a choice of parents. Not so seldom it happens so that young for the first time see each other only at wedding ceremony. Usually the initiative is shown by relatives from the girl. When parents agree among themselves about marriage of their children, first of all, ask blessings from god Ganesha who patronizes all kind undertakings. Before wedding newlyweds have to present to god sugar, rice and coconuts, and then to water its sculpture.
After that the young has to try on the wedding dress which weight can reach 15 kg. Then on her hands and feet the difficult ornament is drawn. Right after it the most ancient wedding tradition in India when palms of the girl paint powder of yellow color follows and she lays hands to a veil. On fabric there are prints which later the groom will compare to the bride's palms to make sure that there was no substitution.
When the groom comes for the bride to bring to wedding, she is from head to foot closed by a black cover. It will be able to open her face only after a ceremony. Before the young put a huge silver bowl with water. On its surface there are lotus leaves, and at the bottom lie a wedding ring. The groom and the bride have to find it in water. When the ring is found, them declare the husband and the wife, and the wedding feast proceeds eight days.
Traditions of the American weddings
Americans seriously treat own wedding and engagement. They are famous for that always try to make the proposal very romantically and to present to the bride a ring at the most unexpected moment. The girl can find at any time it in cake, a glass with champagne or even in ski gloves. The wedding which surely has to take place in the big house with a beautiful garden, is ordered in church for half a year. Four bridesmaids are present on a celebration at dresses of pink color.
After wedding procedure was carried out all go to the house where will pass a festive feast. Young begin a banquet with wedding dance, also public unpacking of gifts practices in America.
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