Wedding Customs

Greek culture is multi-faceted and many-layered and goes back many centuries to the classical times. Hence Greek weddings incorporate a wide variety of influences ranging from remnants of pagan practices to Christian elements and more recently westernized trends.

Greek Pre-wedding rituals

In Korea a wedding is traditionally known as honrye and was originally the product of two families coming together to form a martial alliance rather than the union of two individuals. Modern weddings though are a blend of western influence as well as ancient Korean Confucianism. As such Korean weddings have certain unique customs and traditions that are as deeply symbolic as visually striking.

Korean Matchmaking

Punjabis are a community originally hailing from the state of Punjab or the plains of Northern India but now are dispersed all over the world. Punjabi weddings are among the most lavish, colorful and perhaps even the most boisterous among Hindu weddings.

Punjabi pre-wedding customs

Tamil Nadu is a state in the southern part of India and its indigenous people are known as Tamils. However people of Tamilian ethnicity can be found in many other places like the north-eastern part of the neighboring country Sri Lanka, Southeast Asian countries like Singapore and in different parts of Europe and USA where different generations may have migrated at different times. Though Hindu Tamil wedding traditions incorporate regional and caste differences, most of them have certain common customs.

Tamil pre-wedding rituals

Hinduism is one of the oldest religions of the world. Hence it is only natural that wedding customs have changed a great deal from its Vedic origins. Furthermore the Hindu population is divided into innumerable regional, linguistic, kinship and caste groups – all of which have their own variations of the wedding ceremony. Add to these factors like modern practicality and geographical compulsions and Hindu weddings are an ever-evolving affair. However certain basic rituals and the obeisance paid to the divine Hindu pantheon mark Hindu weddings as specific to the religion.

Rooted in tradition and deep symbolism, Japanese weddings are elaborate, formal affairs. It is as though each ritual and every custom has been put there after a lot of thought and to fit in the entire whole. And though the number of details in a Japanese wedding can be staggering – like the overall wedding cost the newlyweds or their families may have to bear – the outcome is beautiful and meaningful without comparison.

Matchmaking and engagement

Scotland is a country with proud, vigorous traditions; little wonder then its wedding customs too are marked as much by deep symbolism as by fun, color and festivities. Scottish wedding traditions actually go as far back as the thirteenth century when they were guided by the regulations of the Medieval Church; contemporary Scottish wedding customs however have evolved according to the folk customs of various regions as well as being influenced by practical considerations of modern times.

Reading of the marriage banns

Sikhism is one of the youngest religions in the world. It is thus practiced with a large degree of uniformity even though the Sikh population is spread all across the globe. The essence of a Sikh wedding is the Anand Karaj ceremony, which literally translates as Blissful Union and is performed at the Gurudwara of the main place of worship in Sikhism. While the Anand Karaj is rather a straightforward and homogenous ceremony, a traditional Sikh wedding incorporates a lot of preparations which make it a highly colorful and festive affair.

Engagement ceremony

Bengalis are a distinct linguistic community originating from the eastern part of India and the neighboring country of Bangladesh. The wedding traditions of Bengalis may have some differences according to caste, religion and region but essentially all Hindu Bengali weddings are marked by certain common customs.

Bengali matchmaking

Wedding customs are one of the primary cultural signifiers of a community. Rites and rituals associated with weddings are so steeped in the religious, cultural and anthropological values of the community that they are bound to seem strange and even at times bizarre to people from other parts of the world. Here are a few instances of wedding customs which figure quite high on the scale of the unique and the unusual.

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