Bizarre Marriage Traditions
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Bizarre Marriage Traditions

There are lots of culture and religion around the world and everyone has its own customs. Check out some of the most bizarre wedding traditions of the world.
Sonja Aggarwal19th Jun, 2013
Bizarre marriage traditions: Blackening the bride

Bizarre marriage traditions: Blackening the bride

In Scotland, before a bride is to marry the love of her life, she must endure public humiliation by being "blackened".

Bizarre wedding traditions: Gifting whale tooth

Bizarre wedding traditions: Gifting whale tooth

In Fiji not only are men expected to ask their father in law for his daughters hand in marriage, they are also expected to bring him a whale tooth.

Bizarre marriage traditions: Whitening the bride

Bizarre marriage traditions: Whitening the bride

In Japan, the bride is painted pure white from head to toe, declaring she is a maiden. She also wears a white kimono and an elaborate head piece.

Bizarre marriage traditions: Proving virginity

Bizarre marriage traditions: Proving virginity

Being a virgin until the first wedding night ensures her deep respect of the groom's family. After this test of virginity it is time for the wedding reception to start.

Bizarre marriage traditions: Proving virginity

Bizarre marriage traditions: Proving virginity

Being a virgin is very important among Tanzanian Muslims. Stains on the bed sheet are expected to prove bride's virginity. If there are no stains she has to return all the wedding presents she got.

Bizarre marriage traditions: Kidnap and Marry

Bizarre marriage traditions: Kidnap and Marry

Latwoka tribe in Sudan has a tradition that if a boy wants to marry a girl, he kidnaps her. After kidnapping elderly people of his family go to girl's father and ask for her hand.

Bizarre marriage traditions: Kidnap and Marry

Bizarre marriage traditions: Kidnap and Marry

If girl's father agrees he beats the guy as a symbol of acceptance and if he doesn't agree, the kidnapper marries the girl forcefully.

Bizarre marriage traditions: Bride kidnapping

Bizarre marriage traditions: Bride kidnapping

For centuries, the Romanis have had this tradition, that if the man manage to forcefully kidnap a girl and keep her by his side for 2-3 days, she officially becomes his wife.

Bizarre marriage traditions: Save the date

Bizarre marriage traditions: Save the date

There is a group of people called the Daur that live in Chinese Inner Mongolia. In order to finalize the wedding date the bride and groom are required to kill a baby chick while holding the knife together.

Bizarre wedding traditions: Save the date

Bizarre wedding traditions: Save the date

They then proceed to gut the chick and inspect it's liver. If the liver looks good then they are allowed to set a date.

Bizarre marriage traditions: Save the date

Bizarre marriage traditions: Save the date

If not, then they have to repeat the process until they find a satisfactory liver.

Bizarre marriage traditions: Marriage to trees

Bizarre marriage traditions: Marriage to trees

In India women born as Mangliks (an astrological combination when Mars and Saturn are both under the 7th house) are thought to be cursed and likely to cause their husband an early death.

Bizarre marriage traditions: Marriage to trees

Bizarre marriage traditions: Marriage to trees

In order to ward of this curse they must be married first...to a tree. The tree is then destroyed and the curse is broken.

Bizarre traditions: Aim for love

Bizarre traditions: Aim for love

The Yugur people of China are known to hold grand and elaborate wedding ceremonies, which typically lasts for two days for ordinary people but can stretch to several days for wealthy couples.

Bizarre marriage traditions: Aim for love

Bizarre marriage traditions: Aim for love

One of the most peculiar customs is requiring the groom to shoot three arrows, with arrowheads removed, to his bride. Once done, he then breaks the bow and arrow to signify a lasting union.

Bizarre marriage traditions: Salty wedding song

Bizarre marriage traditions: Salty wedding song

Weddings are usually accompanied by tears, brides and females of the Tujia people in China take matters to a whole new level. Starting one whole month in advance the bride starts to cry for 1 hour everyday.

Bizarre wedding traditions: Salty wedding song

Bizarre wedding traditions: Salty wedding song

By the end of the month every female in the family is crying alongside the bride. It's actually supposed to be an expression of joy as the women weep in different tones.

Bizarre marriage traditions: Hold It On

Bizarre marriage traditions: Hold It On

For tribes of the Tidong community in Northern Borneo newly married couples are required to be confined to their house while not emptying their bowels or urinating for three days and nights.

Bizarre marriage traditions: Hold It On

Bizarre marriage traditions: Hold It On

For tribes of the Tidong community in Northern Borneo newly married couples are required to be confined to their house while not emptying their bowels or urinating for three days and nights.

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