26 Wedding Superstitions From All Around The World That Will Blow Your Mind

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26 Wedding Superstitions From All Around The World That Will Blow Your Mind

Weddings are a blend of ancient traditions, rituals, faiths & beliefs and customs made bright and fulfilled with the presence of friends and families. Every culture, every religion and every sect in the world has its own set of beliefs in their wedding traditions. And along with the beliefs, come superstitions as well.

You certainly must be familiar with the Indian superstitions, which is why we thought of bringing for you a list of funny, weird, but true wedding superstitions from all over the world. So, read on and be amazed!

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#1. Heard of the common phrase used for weddings that goes, ‘’tying the knot’’? In many world cultures including ours as well as that of Egypt, the hands of the couple are actually tied to depict the union of two souls.

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#2. According to an old English saying, Saturday is the unluckiest day to get married. Consider changing your date yet?

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#3. The Greeks and Romans believed that a veil that Christian brides wear on their face during the wedding protects them from the evil spirits.

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#4. Finding a spider in or on your wedding wear is a sign of good luck. Not so creepy and crawly after all?

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#5. As a sign of good luck, in Egypt, all women pinch the bride before the wedding. Pain killers should be kept handy for the bride in this case, we assume!

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#6. Any bride who passes the path of a monk, nun or any such religious figure will face a life of poverty and infertility. Can you believe that? People do!

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#7. An English tradition says that Wednesday is the ideal day to get married for a blissful married life.

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#8. According to Hindu tradition, heavy rainfall on the wedding day symbolises good luck and fortune.

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#9. While Indian brides apply henna on their hands and feet on the wedding day as a part of tradition, brides in the Middle East do the same to keep evil eye away from them.

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#10. Unlike India, where rice is thrown on the newlyweds while welcoming them, in Czech Republic, peas are thrown instead.

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#11. A Pine tree is planted outside the house of a newlywed couple in Holland to bring them luck and symbolise fertility

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#12. In morocco, women take a bath with milk to purify themselves. In India, a turmeric based ubtan is used to do the same.

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#13. In North India, brides are not supposed to chose or see their own chooda until they get dressed and ready as a bride. It is considered to be a bad omen for the bride and her new journey if she does otherwise.

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#14. In Egypt, to give the newly wedded couple some free and relaxing time to do whatever newlyweds do, the family of the bride does all the cooking for an entire week after the wedding.

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#15. According to another wedding superstition, single women must sleep with a slice of a wedding cake (from a wedding they attended) if they want to dream of their future husband.

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#16. Ever wondered why the bride stands on the left side of the groom in many wedding cultures? Well, that is because in the olden days, when the groom had to win his bride, he needed his right hand free to fight the other suitors in line.

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#17. According to a marriage tradition from South Africa, parents of the bride as well as the groom carry a fire from their own hearths to the newlywed couple’s hearths and light it.

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#18. In many cultures, if the younger sister is the first one to get married, in order for the older one to get a groom, she must dance barefoot at her younger sister’s wedding.

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#19. In Sweden, a bride needs to take a silver coin from her father and a gold one from her mother and place it in her shoes. This will ensure that she will never be without money ever.

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#20. Did you know that the awesome tradition of cutting the wedding cake comes from Rome? In ancient times revelers would place a loaf of bread on the bride’s head and break it to ensure fertility.

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#21. In many countries in the west, June weddings are very popular. You know why? The Roman goddess Juno is considered to rule over marriage, childbirth and the hearth, thus, the popularity!

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#22. You know how it is so convenient to receive wedding gifts at your wedding, because the guests bring them to you? Well it isn’t as convenient for the Finnish bride. If superstitions are to be believed, then the bride personally goes door to door to collect her wedding gifts in a pillow case and is accompanied by an older married man. This signifies a long-lasting marriage.

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#23. In almost all wedding traditions all around the world, it is considered bad luck for the bride and the groom to see each other before the ceremony. They say it could cause a change of mind or decision. Why take that risk, right?

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#24. In the Hindu wedding tradition, the color of the henna that the bride applies on her hands depicts how much or not her future mother-in-law and husband will love her. The darker the colour, the stronger will be the bond of love and affection and vice versa!

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#25. While most people generally break objects in a fit of anger or rage, according to a famous Italian tradition, a newlywed couple is given glass objects to break. More number of pieces will ensure more years of marriage.

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#26. And if you thought wedding traditions are wired, wait till you read this one. Legend holds that if you want good luck to be by your side after your wedding, let a cat eat some food from your shoe (left one to be more precise).

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Superstitions have been descending down generations in every culture, religion and country in the world. It is solely on individuals to follow them or not. But if you feel that doing or not doing a particular thing/ritual will ensure a happy marriage and fertility, be our guest to follow any of the above and thank us later!

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