You may think India is famous for its wedding traditions that can’t be seen anywhere in the world, then that’s not true. Weddings around the world have traditions that range from sad to just plain weird.
Here’s 12 weird wedding traditions
1.Tears make for a happy marriage.
In parts of Kyrgyzstan, it is believed that tears on a wedding day will make for a happy marriage. Until 1991 when the practice was finally banned, many parents would agree to the marriage of a young girl who was kidnapped if she was crying. So if a girl got kidnapped, her only escape from a forced marriage would be to hold back the tears.
2. Get a whale’s tooth, get the bride
In Fiji, if a man wants to marry a woman, he has to give an unusual gift to the woman’s father. The aspiring groom must find a whale’s tooth and present it to the woman’s father while asking for permission to marry her.
3. If you want good luck, gain a few pounds.
In parts of Mauritius, a curvy, plus-size wife is said to signify good luck and prosperity in a marriage. Mauritian women are often force-fed to put on weight for their weddings, sometimes causing serious, life-long health problems.
4. Marry a tree to ward off all evil.
In India, women born as Mangliks, according to the astrological charts, are thought to be cursed and likely to be the cause of an early death for their husbands. In order to ward of this curse, they are first married to a tree. The tree is then destroyed and the ‘curse’ is thought to be broken.
5. No smiling.
Congo is one of the most serious countries around where the bride and the groom aren’t allowed to smile during the entirety of the ceremony as marriages are something that are to be taken seriously.
6. Cry for a month for true happiness.
In the Tujia community of China, brides and women of their families take the ritual of crying to a whole new level. One month before the wedding, the bride has to cry for one hour every day. Ten days into the ordeal, the bride’s mother joins her, and another ten days later, the grandmother does the same. By the end of the month, every woman in the family is crying every day.
7. Finalising the wedding date demands sacrifice of baby chicks.
In Chinese Inner Mongolia, the bride and the groom are required to kill a baby chick while holding the knife together to finalise the wedding date. After killing the chick, they have to inspect its liver. If the liver looks good, they are allowed to set a date. If not, they have to repeat the process until they find a satisfactory liver.
8. If the woman doesn’t produce two children, the husband can leave her.
In South Sudan, people of the Neur tribe believe that a marriage is not complete until the woman has had two children. If she fails to do so, the groom can seek a divorce.
9. The bride must stay grounded.
In Ireland, when the bride and groom are dancing, the bride’s feet have to stay on the floor. The Irish believe that if they don’t, evil fairies will come and sweep her away because evil fairies like beautiful things, and the bride is considered beautiful.
10. Gift your bride a love spoon.
In Wales, it’s common for a man to gift a carved wooden spoon to his bride, symbolising that he will never allow her to go hungry.
11. Dance for money.
In some Greek weddings, the bride and groom perform a traditional dance, during which guests pin money to their clothing.
12. Play the kiss game.
In Sweden, whenever the bride or groom leave their table to use the bathroom, the other gets kissed a lot. If the groom has to go, every man at the reception will get a chance to kiss the bride, and if the bride is the one to go, the groom gets kissed by every woman at the party.
Maybe, getting married in court would be the best option.