2) Foot whipping
A traditional practice in South Korea which involves the beating of the groom’s bare feet by fellow groomsmen. It is done the night before his wedding and is always referred to as falaka or bastinado. The beating is either done using a cane or fish and is taken as a test of the groom’s character and strength.
3) Hindu wedding exchange
During the exchange of vows, the ring is always put on fingers in most wedding ceremonies. Hindus brides instead put their rings on their left foot.
4) Kiss the bride
This is a Danish wedding tradition where everybody feels the love on the big day. If the bride leaves the table during the reception, all the female in the bridal party rush to kiss the groom. This too happens to the bride, when the groom nips either to the toilet or bar.
5) Jumping the broom
This is an activity that originates from America’s Deep South. Was practiced by African- American couples during slavery since intermarriages were not allowed. Jumping of the broom was used in place of the wedding by the slave. As a tribute to the past generations many African – Americans still jump the broom.
6) Housebound honeymooners
In Indonesia, honeymooners are held in their homes for three days after the wedding. This might even restrict them from going to the washrooms. The house arrest at this period is believed to come up with a happy marriage with babies that are healthy.
7) Weeping wedding party
Preparations for the wedding day can drain the bride emotionally. In China, the bride is prepared in advance for a whole month where they are allowed an hour per day to weep. Later in the month the bridal group joins and compose a celebratory weeping song. All the weeping seriously can make it a place for subway surfers to flourish, in our opinion!
8) Stealing more than hearts
Practiced in India. It is a traditional game played in celebration of the couples union where the groom’s shoe shoes are stolen. The groom’s family must ensure the shoes do not fall into the mitts of the bride’s family. If they are stolen the groom’s family has to pay a ransom for them to get them back.
9) Hand-me-down handkerchief
In Belgium, it is a tradition for every family to have a handkerchief given out and decorated by the bride from one generation to another.
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