Knowing Wedding Traditions
Wedding traditions vary significantly from one tradition to another and from one religion to another. Couples who don’t practice the religion want a holy or cultural wedding.
Here are few wedding traditions from different cultures. If you like any of these wedding traditions that has meaning for you, adapt it freely for celebrating your wedding, without thinking about the culture from which it came.
In Chinese wedding traditions, couples drink goblets of wine and honey. The bride eats jujubes, a date like fruit in order to raise the possibility of having a boy in the future.
2. African-American wedding traditions
Most of the couples from this tradition want to select traditional east African wedding ceremonies, but most have an American wedding. More couples incorporate the ‘jumping the broom’ practice into their weddings.
This custom is invented during the period of slavery when slaves are forbidden to marry. This is a way to express their commitment to one another. In African culture, they use brooms to remove evil from their homes and families. Some others think that this custom is a way to reject the evil that prohibits their union.
These weddings are filled with tradition, beauty and ritual. Traditions greatly vary between Ashkenazi Jews and Sephardi Jews. Weddings should adhere more strictly to religious traditions if it is a traditional or conservative synagogue when compared to Reform or Reconstructionist synagogue.
Orthodox groom veil the bride in the ceremony prior to the actual wedding. Then groom signs a contract. It is a beautifully decorated document which consists of the promises that groom makes for the bride. The couple should cover their heads. Wedding is usually held in a canopy. After saying the vow, groom puts a gold band to bride’s finger.
4. Native American wedding traditions
• Northern California wedding traditions: There are two traditions in Northern California Native Americans. They include half marriage and full marriage. In half marriage, man pays half the usual price for the bride. He needs to live in bride’s home under her father’s authority. In full marriage, the man pays the total price of the bride. With his father’s help, he pays for the bride’s family. The future social status of the family and children depends on this price only.
• Delaware traditions: The girl in this tradition who reached puberty may have a union prearranged by their parents. The couple lives together as man and wife. During the occasion, man gives jewelry, blankets or a belt of wampum to bride’s parents. If the parents accept those gifts, then they approve their relation.
I hope this article can help you to know more about wedding traditions.