Lucky in Love – The 21 World Wedding Traditions To Bring You Good Fortune

"Lucky in Love – The 21 World Wedding Traditions To Bring You Good Fortune"
Lucky in Love – The 21 World Wedding Traditions To Bring You Good Fortune

New Research from 888Poker finds some of the wedding rituals you might not know, from animal gifts to stealing shoes – and finds nearly half of survey respondents wore a lucky charm to their wedding.

Everyone loves a wedding. Spirits are high, drinks are flowing, the best man is shaving the groom, the mother-in-law is throwing ducks at the bride…

Weddings are different for every culture around the world. And now a new infographic lets you see a collection of the most interesting and most colourful – though it’s up to you whether you want to include them in your own special day.

A Different Type of Wedding Bell

Some of the rituals might be more familiar – like throwing the bouquet or breaking a glass – but others won’t be. While nearly 75% of unmarried couples wouldn’t get married without the (Western) traditional collection of things old, new, borrowed, and blue, would they be willing to borrow an old tradition like:

  • Running away? – in Venezuela, it’s good luck for the newly-married couple to attempt to escape undetected during the reception.
  • Baumstamm Sägen? – in Germany, the couple work together with a two-handed saw to cut a log, representing the first obstacle the couple must jointly overcome.
  • Joota Chupai? – in India, when the groom enters the temple, he has to take off his shoes. The eldest unmarried girls from the bride’s family then steal them, and there ensues a friendly struggle between the families over them. Usually it ends in the shoes being ransomed back to the poor groom.
  • Bell breaking? – in Guatemala, the groom’s mother breaks a specially-made ceramic bell  filled with grains, as a symbol of prosperity. Not to be confused with Irish bells, where you’re only meant to ring it!
  • Wedding ducks? – a Korean tradition in which caved wooden ducks or geese are thrown to the bride by her mother-in-law. Mandarin ducks mate for life, representing the marriage, and whether the bride catches it or not supposedly affects the gender of her first child.

The piece is accompanied by a survey of respondent’s own beliefs on weddings – which found results like:

  • Over 70% of men believe it’s bad luck to see their bride in her wedding dress before the big day.
  • 10% of those who cohabit would stray from tradition and have the bride make a speech on the day as well as the groom, best man, and bride’s father.
  • Over 25% believe in some form of lucky wedding ritual.
  • Nearly 12% of women say that they would be prepared to propose to their (hopefully) future husbands, breaking with the one-sided tradition.

Whether you’re looking for a bit of extra luck at your wedding, or have some unusual traditions of your own, have a look at some of the other rituals and traditions from around the world in the infographic here.

Baby’s First Laugh ~ An Enduring Tradition

By Greg Tamblyn

The Navajo have a wonderful tradition that, to me, sums up everything unique and noble about us humans.
babylaughWhen a baby is born, it is regarded as the ultimate, precious gift and must never be abused. From the moment of birth, the child is watched over continuously by family and friends, who patiently wait for the child’s first…. laugh.
Why do they do this? See if you can guess the answer.
(Hint: It’s not to see if the baby is a good potential audience for Navajo Comedy Clubs.)
It’s because the baby’s first laugh marks its birth as a social being.
That….is beautiful. And so is what happens next.
Whichever brother, sister, parent, cousin, aunt, uncle, or passing acquaintance is present at the first laugh is deemed to have caused it. Even if he or she is not widely considered comical. That person then receives the esteemed privilege of preparing a special ceremony to welcome the child into society.
(It’s also believed the infant takes on the traits of this person. So all new parents might want to give some thought to “who’s minding the baby.”)
The First Laugh Ceremony is a party where guests bearing warm plates of freshly cooked food slowly pass in front of the new baby. They do not do this to tempt the infant with appetizing aromas of fry bread and pinto beans. Quite the opposite.
The baby (with some help, of course) places a pinch of salt on the food of each person as a symbolic act of generosity. The salt is said to rekindle and sustain the goodness in each recipient, and is considered the first in a lifetime of generous acts by the child.
This inspiring tradition has a few lessons for us:
• We’re social beings, thriving mainly in the company and support of others.
• Generosity is a noble virtue, best instilled from birth.
• Opportunities to celebrate generosity remind us of and regenerate our goodness.
• An act of kindness raises the endorphins of not only the receiver, but also of the giver, and also of everyone who witnesses it.
• Genuine, heartfelt laughter is an act of generosity!
I hope you find this an uplifting and inspiring bit of cultural wisdom.
And, if you haven’t had your first laugh today, you’ll find a smorgasbord of humor resources on my home page.

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