Did you ever ask yourself how marrying the one you love looks like in other countries and religions, from all corners of the world? What is for sure is that every country has its own wedding customs and rituals and believe us, some of them are way out of the ordinary in a quite unusual or funny way. Stay with us, because what is coming next will surely get your attention. Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seat belts and hang on for the ride through the most surprising wedding rituals seen in the world today. We are taking off right now!
Our first destination is Tidong, located in the North of Borneo. What we know about how people are getting married there is that you should be an exceptional, mentally strong person to head into this life adventure. To better understand what we are talking about, just-married couples in Tidong have to abstain from going to the toilet or taking a bath, believe it or not, for three days and three nights after the wedding ceremony! Did your jaw drop after reading this? No matter how unbelievable it might seem, the truth is that this is really happening in Tidong up to present day. It is believed that if one of the spouses breaks the custom, their marriage will be cursed and they will be condemned for the rest of their lives. To ensure that the ritual is respected and the marriage will be blessed by God, the closest family members of the spouses restrains their nutrition during the first three days after the ceremony. Should we consider this a way of testing or proving the love among Tidong newlyweds?
Now we can shift into second gear and head to Oceania, the oasis of the most fascinating islands in the Pacific Ocean, also known as ‘the smallest continent on Earth’. Our desired destination is Fiji, a South Pacific country with more than 300 islands. So, can you imagine how much it takes to become a Fiji groom? We bet you can’t, that is why we are here with an interesting answer for you. Fijian grooms-to-be need to take a dive into the deep, mysterious ocean, not to make a fabulous marriage proposal there, but to earn it! In other words, they need to get out of the water with a whale tooth in hand and give it to the bride’s father, in order to be rewarded with her hand and a blessing. Incredibly, it seems like Fijians love to do things in a big way! We cannot say anything else, except for a loud ‘hats off to these men’, who are undoubtedly brave guys and exceptionally good divers! And for the less courageous ones, luckily, there is a plan B, called ‘the black market’. Hence, they can still accomplish the mission by purchasing a whale tooth without risking to become a tasty meal to some of the biggest mammals in the world.
We hope that you enjoyed our short, yet extraordinary adventure through the most surprising wedding rituals and traditions on the planet. We also hope that we have spiced up your general wedding knowledge with some gripping information, because, what is life without crunchy facts like the ones we have just seen?
If you are familiar with other wedding rituals from any part of the world, we would like you to share them with us. If the enthusiasm is reciprocal, drop us a line in the comment box below.
Written by: Liljana Tomova