Wedding rituals are a fun way to unite the prospective bride & groom. These traditions are a healthy way to build a bond between two families. However, there are some marriage traditions which are not only funny but also weird. So, here are some of the most bizarre marriage rituals that exist around the world.
24 of the weirdest marriage traditions followed around the world:
1. Kashi Yatra, India
Kashi Yatra is a well-known practised in the traditional Iyer weddings in South India. In this, the groom, all dresses in a conventional “Panchakatcham” veshti, holds an umbrella, a walking stick, a fan, and a towel containing dhal and rice and ties to his shoulder. He then goes on a mock pilgrimage to pursue further religious studies to become a scholar. However, as he steps out of the wedding hall, the bride’s father stops him and convince him to marry. The groom, then, agrees and returns to the Mandapam to get married.
2. Blackening of Bride, Scottish
Scottish people also have a unique wedding tradition. They mainly follow a nasty pre-wedding tradition that involves family and friends showering the bride and groom with food trash. They do this to prove that if a couple can withstand this, their marriage can withstand anything.
3. Log cutting, Germany
An old German wedding tradition, the ritual of cutting a log represents the first obstacle that the bride and groom must overcome in their marriage.
4. Holding your shit (and pee), Borneo
Another crazy ritual that you can find is in Bornea. The bride and groom of the Tidong community have to confine themselves in a room where they are prohibited from taking a dump or even pee for three days and three nights.
5. Bring a whale’s tooth, Fiji
In Fiji, it is a tradition that if a young man is asking a girl’s father for her hand, he must bring a whale’s tooth. Fiji people believe that a whale’s tooth is a symbol of wealth and status in society.
6. Fatter, the better, Mauritania
In Mauritania, it is a good luck charm if a bride is chubbier and healthier. That’s why bride-to-be has to go to fat camps to gain weight. However, this has caused many women to fall sick and have health issues.
7. Kissing Tradition, Sweden
Here the tradition is that during a wedding if the groom leaves the room, then the other men at the wedding line up to kiss the bride, and vice versa.
8. Beating the groom with dead fish, Korea.
Even Korean people have bizarre wedding tradition. People here believe that to make the man ready for the first night of his wedding, they must beat his feet with dead fish and bamboo sticks.
9. Human carpet, Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia.
On the Marquesas Islands, at the end of the wedding reception, the relatives of the bride lie down on the ground facedown so that the couple can walk over them.
10. Spitting on the bride, Massai tradition, Kenya
Another unique, as well as bizarre custom, exist in Massai tradition. Here, the father of the bride bestows his blessings on his daughter by spitting on her head and breasts. The bride then leaves her home with her husband and does not look back for fear of turning into stone. Massai people believe that spitting of the father brings happiness in his daughter’s married life.
11. Breaking porcelain to bring luck, Germany
In this weird marriage tradition of Germany, the wedding guests have to break all the porcelain that they can lay their hands on. There it is believed to bring good luck to the newlywed couple.
12. Killing a baby chick to set a wedding date, China and Inner Mongolia.
Another weird tradition lies with the Daur tribe, which is known for its ethnicity & traditions. Here the couple needs to kill a baby chick with a knife and then inspect its liver. If the liver is excellent, the couple can fix a date for their wedding. Otherwise, the would-be bride and groom have to keep killing until they find a good liver.
13. Offering spoons of love, Wales.
Wales also has a unique tradition. In Wales, a groom has to gift his bride a carved ‘Lovespoon’. This implies that he will never let her go hungry.
14. Ransoming the bride, Romania
In Romania, a mock abduction game takes place before the wedding celebration. After being “kidnapped” by family, friends, or hired actors, the bride, is rescued by the groom by giving a ransom with money, drinks, or romantic gestures.
15. Bread and salt, Russia
Russian people also have a unique wedding ritual. People there believe that at a wedding ceremony, the bride and groom have to cut off a piece of wedding bread called karavai and feed each other. Superstition is that whoever cuts the bigger piece will be the head of the family.
16. Drinking from a toilet, France
Another bizarre ritual exists in France. People here believe that the newlywed has to drink a vile concoction, made from wedding leftovers, from a toilet seat bowl. Although nowadays, the soup is made up of chocolate and champagne, but it is still served out of a toilet.
17. Practising sobbing for a month before the wedding, China
Another unusual wedding ritual again exists in China. Here, the would-be bride has to cry every day for an hour for a month before their wedding. Other female relatives join in as well. Tujia people in China believe that crying can welcome a good marriage or event.
18. The mother accompanying you to your honeymoon night, Africa
Okay, this one is indeed weird. Mothers or elders in certain African tribes accompany the newlyweds to ‘educate’ them on how to spend the night.
19. Shooting the bride with arrows, Yugur culture China
In Yugur culture, the groom has to shoot his bride three times with a bow and arrow before the wedding. However, the arrows don’t have arrowheads. The reason behind this tradition is the belief that once the groom shoots the bride with arrows and then breaks the arrows, it ensures that the couple will love and live with each other forever.
20. Minimum two kids, Sudan
Another bizarre wedding ritual exists in Sudan. Nuer tribe in Southern Sudan believes that a wedding is complete only when the wife gives birth to 2 children. However, if she has only one child, the groom can ask for a divorce.
21. No Smiling, Congo
It seems that marriages are undoubtedly a serious affair in this part of the world. So serious that the couple is not allowed to smile before, during and after the wedding ceremony. Besides, they even cannot smile in the wedding photographs.
22. Soot for luck, Scotland
What we have next in our buckets of sick traditions is pelting the bride with trash. In Scotland, a day before the wedding, the friends of the would-be bride pelt her with all sorts of rubbish such as dead fish, curdled milk, spoiled food, tar and feathers. Later, they take her for a night of drinking. Scottish believes that if she can withstand this kind of treatment, she can handle anything that comes her way in her marriage.
23. Stay grounded, Ireland
Another unusual wedding ritual is in Ireland. There the ritual is that while the bride and groom dance, the bride’s feet must stay on the floor at all times. The belief is that if the bride does not put her feet on the ground, evil fairies will come and sweep her away.
24. Marry a tree, India
In many parts of India, men and women who are born as Mangliks (an astrological combination when Mars and Saturn are both under the 7th house), are thought to cause their spouse an early death or bring bad luck for the spouse. To combat this, they have to first marry a tree which is then cut down to break the curse.