In Western weddings, we take a lot of our traditions for granted. Naturally the bride wears white, is presented with a diamond ring for proposal and tosses the bouquet to all the single ladies in attendance. They’ll get something old, new, borrowed, and blue and accept these things without hesitation. These traditions, no matter how commonplace they are today, are all deeply rooted in traditions established and reinforced over time.
Around the world, many of the things we do on our wedding days are quite different. For instance, around the world the color white isn’t a sign of bridal purity like it is here. In fact, many countries associate it with mourning. While many places around the world don’t give anything new or borrowed, they do have a set of their very own fascinating traditions.
Did you know that in Sweden, if a bride or groom “abandons” their new spouse, even just to go to the bathroom, the solo newlywed is attacked by the guests with kisses? While we all cry at weddings, the people of Tuija in China spend literally a month prior to their wedding days crying every single day. You won’t believe which cultures put a sapling on top of their wedding cake and which one drinks out of a toilet on their wedding night. To learn which cultures practice what traditions, click through our slideshow. If you are ever lucky enough to attend a wedding elsewhere in the world, you’ll be ready for some of the more interesting practices you aren’t used to seeing here in the West.
Lauren Gordon is the Entertain and Holidays Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on twitter @laurengordon88