Each culture has its own beliefs and traditions, but those related to weddings are the ones that best stand the test of time and are the most unalterable. Beyond the issues directly related to purely religious aspects, each culture has its particularities.
In the Hindu culture it’s not possible to speak of a single type of wedding, since at least there are 11 different types, each with its own forms. Anyway, the most common tradition in almost all of them is the color of the bride’s suit. Unlike other places, in India the color chosen mostly is red because it represents fertility and prosperity for the couple. Another of the most common traditions is to tattoo the bride with henna to mark the beginning of her new life. In addition, in most cases, the brides hide the initials of her future husband among the tattoos and he has to try to find them. In this way, popular belief says that depending on whether he succeeds or not, it will be he who will take charge of the relationship. There is also another popular belief that ensures that the relationship of the bride with her mother-in-law will depend on the color of the henna.
Unlike other places, in India the color chosen mostly is red because it represents fertility and prosperity for the couple.
In Muslim weddings they have other types of traditions, one of them is that the mother-in-law gives the bride a tray with cloves, bread and milk. Cloves represent the welcome to the family, while bread and milk provide food and abundance. One of the most characteristic aspects of Muslim weddings is their colorfulness. They are celebrations full of color, music and dances. In this sense, one of the most emotional moments of the celebration is when women surround the bride with candles, incenses with dances and songs that make up especially for her.
In Afro-American weddings, to symbolize the union of the couple and the beginning of their life together, to end the religious ceremony, and before leaving through the door, the bride and groom have to jump a broom that is placed on the floor. This tradition also represents fertility and prosperity for the couple.
At Jewish weddings, the most famous tradition is for the groom to break a glass cup with his right foot. The origin of this tradition is the aim to remember the destruction of the Jerusalem’s temple, with the intention that the bride and groom remember that not everything will be good and joyful during their joint life. Before breaking the cup, the groom pronounces the phrase “from this moment the only thing that is broken is this cup.” In addition to this, it is also customary that, at a given time, the guests carry the bride and groom above their heads, sitting in a chair, while they try to kiss.
At Jewish weddings, the most famous tradition is for the groom to break a glass cup with his right foot.