Bride’s Father Have to Spit on Her to Bless + 8 Other Extraordinary Wedding Traditions From All Over the Globe

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Some of the traditions – like tossing bride’s bouquet over her shoulder into a jumping crowd of single hopefuls – are widespread and followed by many countries and cultures. But today Nexter.org tells you some of the very unique traditions we found all over the world.

Germany

At a German , the guests may smash porcelain dishes on the ground, a custom that is believed to ward off evil spirits.

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Newlyweds may use a two-handed saw to break through a log together during the Baumstamm Sägen ritual at traditional German weddings. This represents the first challenge they face together as a couple.

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Guatemala

When the bride and groom arrive at a traditional Guatemalan , it’s customary for the groom’s mother to break a white ceramic bell filled with grains. The belief is that it means the couple will be prosperous.

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Ireland

At traditional Irish weddings, it’s customary for a bell to be rung after the couple reads their vows.

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Source: The Vow.ie

Korea

Mandarin ducks are known to mate for life, so the belief at a traditional Korean is that including wooden ducks in the ceremony will represent the marriage being celebrated.

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The mother of the groom will then typically throw a carved wooden duck or goose to the bride. It’s believed that if she catches the bird, her first child will be a boy — if she doesn’t it will be a girl.

Greece

It’s customary for the koumbaros — or the best man — to shave the groom’s face while other friends and family usually help get him dressed and ready for a traditional Greek ceremony.

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The act of shaving represents the trust between the groom and his best man, while the dressing help gives everyone else a hand in assisting the groom on his special day.

Kenya and Tanzania

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During traditional weddings of the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania, it’s customary for the bride’s father to spit on her, a custom that is said to be a sort of blessing.

Australia

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Australian newlyweds often will keep what’s known as a unity bowl on display in their home, which their family fills with colorful stones.

France

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At some French weddings, guests will gift the newlyweds a brand-new chamber pot, a portable toilet that was popular before indoor plumbing.


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