One of the important stages in a person’s life is the wedding, marriage and the beginning of family life. Like any other major event, the wedding is shrouded in various customs and traditions. Customs vary from country to country and social status of the newlyweds, but some of these traditions international. Of course, in wedding customs can not believe it, but to trace the history of their origin is quite interesting.
The exchange of rings
The custom of exchanging rings came to us from very ancient times. Even the ancient Egyptians changed rings and after this ritual became husband and wife. The ring meant a loyalty to each other for life. However, the Egyptians wore the ring on the middle finger of the right hand, so believed that there is a kind of artery of love. In some Asian countries still wear wedding rings on the middle finger.
In many countries there is a custom to beat the dishes at the wedding. This, oddly enough, original Russian custom. On the second day of the wedding beat clay pots to check the chastity of the bride. If the pot was broken into many pieces, so the bride before the wedding was immaculate. The more pieces – the happier they promised to be married.
In England there is such a custom: the groom thrown over the bride’s head dish with the wedding cake. Children attending the wedding, must quickly collect the pieces of the pie, and the dish, if it survived, buddy breaks a leg. The larger fragments will remain of meals are – the happier the marriage will be.
Parents greet the newlyweds with bread and salt. The fact that the bread is always appreciated as a symbol of abundance. In General, the tradition to meet young with a loaf was led again from the Egyptians, who equated the bread to gold. Even in their writing bread and gold was designated a single character. The loaf is a sign of the material of prosperous family, a symbol of hospitality. Wedding loaf decorated with ears of wheat, symbolizing wishes for wealth and prosperity.
The tradition to wear bride
The groom carries the bride over the threshold when they first come into the house, like a married couple. The fact is that in the old days believed that the bride on the wedding day easily grasp the evil spirits that cause her damage. To trick them and create the appearance that the bride is not here, the groom lifts her up, that is, young is not on the ground with their feet.
Decoration ribbons and bows
In the Middle ages, during a wedding procession near the bride fled the boys who showered her with petals and rosemary bore her coat of arms. On the sleeves and was tied with ribbons – bows and ribbons symbolized a happy marriage. Over time, the procession was replaced by a coach who is also graced, and now cars. The symbolism had been lost, but the tradition of decorating the car remained.
English wedding sign
In Victorian times in Britain, a funny superstition that the bride should wear something old, something new, something that is not his and something blue. This tradition, incidentally, is supported even monarchs. A new symbolizes the best and happy new life in marriage, the old family bonds and the wisdom of accumulated years, blue symbolizes maiden modesty and loyalty, and borrowed is the support of family and friends.
Rushnik wedding towel. Generally, it accompanies many Slavic holidays: Easter, Christmas, Trinity. For the wedding, as a rule, prepared a lot of towels – according to folk customs, the bride was supposed to give each guest a towel, embroidered with their own hands. Now, of course, this tradition is simplified.
Common wedding traditions
In some countries, young planted near the house for some perennial tree. It is believed that the marriage will last so much, how many will live this tree. Most often, it is pine or cherry.
Even at weddings often showered coming out of the Church young coins, chocolates, rose petals, rice or figs. This is also the traditional wish for happiness and wealth.
Wedding traditions are so many and they are so exotic that it is unwise to follow them. A happy marriage depends not on the observance of certain traditions, and from the efforts of the bride and groom to keep their love and mutual respect.