Wedding Night Rituals
From Other Countries
by Sheila Easton
All over the world, people's beliefs,
culture and history has affected this memorable event.
It is (almost) common knowledge that
wedding ceremonies are different all over the world, but did you know that
the diversity extends even on the wedding night?
Read this to know the interesting
activities that couples, families and friends do before letting the
newlyweds reach a night of wedding bliss!
It is customary in an American wedding for
the bride and groom to hop into a get-away car with tin cans attached to
the rear of the car, off to their secret honeymoon, immediately after the
wedding. Did you know that this rooted from escaping a Celtic wedding
In Gaelic cultures, it was a tradition for
friends and family of the couple to mess with the couple's wedding night.
In the olden days, when couples spend their wedding night in a barn, girl
friends of the bride would dress her for bed and ask each of the male
guests to kiss her good night. The friends would do other things to
prevent the groom from seeing her new wife. Even if the couple finally
comes together, they would disturb the union by making noise outside the
barn and even peep into the couple, while drinking the night away. The
couple waits for everyone to get too drunk to eventually leave them alone.
This kind of prank is something that newly weds want to get away from,
thus, they keep their honeymoon destination a secret and speed away after
More Celtic wedding night ritual come from
Scotland: sleeping in the barn on the first night, sprinkling water on the
marriage bed for luck and staying for a week with the bride's parents
before moving into the newlywed's home.
The Germans and the French do a similar
tradition of "disturbing" the wedding night, called Chiverie,
known in the US as Shivaree. They make noise outside the place where the
couple spends their first night together. Some even play around with the
room where they will stay, like put plenty of balloons, spread food all
over the bed, and hide alarm clock everywhere, just for fun.
The Romans believed that it was bad fortune
when the bride stumbles when entering the newlywed's house for the first
time. Thus, after the wedding, male friends of the couple would carry her
over the doorstep. At present, the groom is expected to do the job
In Benin (Western Africa), they value
virginity. The bride's mother rewards her with cash if she's a virgin at
their wedding night! In the morning, the sheets that the couples used are
inspected for bloodstains. Some mothers even "fly the flag" out
the window, showing off their daughter's bloodstained nightgown.
For the Chinese, at the night of the
wedding, candles designed with a phoenix and a dragon is lit to drive the
evil spirit away. The newlyweds will drink wine from goblets tied together
with a red ribbon, while arms intertwined. Then the bride will be given
half-raw dumplings, which symbolize prosperity.
Marquesasian (from Polynesia) brides have a
notable wedding night ritual: they are expected to have sex with all the
male guests and then saving the groom for last.
Now that can make your wedding night
About the Author
Ex-wedding planner assistant Sheila Easton
reveals how anyone getting married can save a lot of money. On her free
website the uncovers several wedding - secrets. Visit this link for
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