I wrote last week about a wedding tradition that I was not familiar with and it prompted me to look further into other traditions and their meanings. I thought this might be a neat way for brides to incorporate some of these into their weddings/ceremonies and have a neat memory of something that most other couples either do not do or are not aware of.
- In Egypt, women pinch the bride on her wedding day for good luck
- Before the wedding ceremony, Moroccan women take a milk bath which is to purify them
- A pine tree is planted outside a newlywed’s home, in Holland, to symbolize fertility and good luck
- Another Egyptian custom is for the bride’s family to cook the newlywed’s meals for a week to allow them to rest. (this would be a neat gift from someone with already prepared, frozen meals!)
- Something old, new, borrowed and blue. Something old is to symbolize continuity with the past
- The hands of brides and grooms are tied together during the wedding ceremony to demonstrate the couple’s commitment to each other and their new bond as husband and wife. This spawned the title “Tying the knot” . I have seen this one done during a wedding ceremony and it was beautiful
- Jumping the broom is a tradition many African American couples choose to follow. It is said to hold spiritual value and symbolizes sweeping away past wrongs and wards off evil spirits.
- Brooms can also be waived over the marrying couples’ heads to ward off spirits
- A crown of myrtle leaves can be worn on the bride’s head to represent virginity.
- A gold coin from a bride’s father in her right shoe and a silver one from her mother in her left shoe are said to guarantee she would never go without.
These are just a few and their meanings are always so interesting and intriguing to me. I love to hear about practices in other cultures and/or from days gone by.
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