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

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.

England

Africa is an entire continent that includes a multiplicity of religions, tribes and ethnicities. Thus wedding customs are bound to differ from one region and community to another. And yet there are certain wedding traditions that are popularly recognized as part of African traditions and which are practiced by African-origin people elsewhere in the world as a link to their ancestral culture.

Decking up of the bride

Wedding customs in Chinese culture begin long before the actual wedding. Here the matchmaking, betrothal as well as the sending and receiving of dowry make up important aspects of the wedding. Likewise the festivities and welcoming rituals like the bride’s visit to her paternal home can extend several days after the actual wedding. Like the culture of China, its wedding rituals and traditions are many-layered, symbolic and beautifully detailed.

Preparations for the wedding

The cultural history of Ireland incorporates many elements – ancient Celtic traditions, Christian teachings and folk-lore from the predominantly rural populace. Thus Irish wedding customs include all of the above aspects, giving the wedding ceremony a beauty and symbolism that is quite unique. So if you are interested in knowing more about Irish wedding customs and traditions, here is an overview.

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