POSTED ON MAY 14, 2018
The ‘Shaadi’ season is here and we are as excited as ever! Whether you’re planning a wedding, dreaming about one, or just watching a friend or cousin obsess over her’s, we have got you covered. We wanted to jazz up the season with some quick fun facts about weddings from across the globe. Read away and get those bulbs in your heads glowing bright with wdding ideas for you or your besties. Happy Shaadi Season!
Think before you complain about those heavy lehangas and jewellery, for our traditions are still less painful than the Egyptian wedding practices. The Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day for good luck. Ouch! Wonder what Cleopatra’s take on this practice was! 😉
Buddhism in Ladakh is ancient and widespread and a popular theme for cultural tours in Ladakh. A Ladakhi Buddhist bride on her wedding day wears the traditional costume, a Goncha. The headgear, a Perak is coated with black lamb and decorated with turquoise stones, which is to wish the bride a beautiful life ahead. This is a dress in all its raw grandeur of the magnificent snow capped mountains.
Bathing in milk is not a new concept to us Indians. How many stories haven’t we heard of our royal queens from the past swimming in such luxury! Moroccan women take a milk bath even to this day to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony. Well, maybe adding a spa date post this wouldn’t hurt our already brimming rituals, would it?
Indian weddings are known for their pomp and show all over the world. And the bride’s appearance with the grand attire and jewellery contributes to the major shine of the event. The first thing you will notice about a Muslim bride’s attire would be her jewellery, especially the Jhoomar. Another important part of her bridal look is the silk cloth on her wrist wrapping the silver or gold coin tied by the groom’s mother ahead of the wedding.
Indians are no short for their elaborate ceremonies. But there is no rule that they all need to be boring! Marwari weddings for example have a ceremony called “Naak khichai” where the groom is welcomed by his several mother-in-laws, who first performs an aarti and then playfully pulls the groom’s nose. This is a playful way for the bride’s family to remind the groom that he has come to their door to marry their daughter.
The Greek wedding ceremony is very formal, but the receptions are boisterous. Boy, haven’t we heard enough of those strange, yet super fun Greek traditions! We found a real cute one amongst the lot. Greek brides believed that tucking a lump of sugar into the wedding gown would bring sweetness throughout married life.
Awww! What a sweet bride!