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Wedding Wednesday: Wedding facts and traditions from around the world

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. 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.

Can you imagine marrying a tree? 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. 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.

From throwing disgusting things at the bride and tying her to a tree to marrying a tree then destroying it to kill a curse, there’s a variety of interesting, random, weird, wedding traditions from around the globe.

We’ve pulled together a few of the more interesting ones to share with you:

Peas are thrown at Czech newlyweds instead of rice. (Nittanyweddings.com)

Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck, according to Hindu tradition. (Nittanyweddings.com)

Green is typically not worn at Scottish weddings because it is the color of fairies and an omen of revenge. It is considered unlucky to even eat green vegetables at a wedding. (Nittanyweddings.com)

Imagine the most disgusting things in the world. Now imagine all of your friends throwing those things at you, covering you in grossness, and then tying you to a tree. This is the typical pre-marital humiliation that Scottish brides endure in certain parts of the country. Supposedly if you can handle this you can handle anything, including marriage. (List25.com)

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. 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. Poor tree. (List25.com)

In Peru, charms attached to ribbons are tucked between the layers of the wedding cake. Before the cake is cut, each woman grabs a ribbon and pulls. At the end of one ribbon is a fake wedding ring. The guest who picks that ribbon is said to be next in line for marriage. (livescience.com)

Brides of the Tujia people in China are required to cry for an hour a day, every day, for the month preceding their wedding. Ten days into this ritual her mother begins to join her, then her grandmother. This is thought to be an expression of joy as the women cry in different tones. (hellomagazine.com)

What other traditions from around the world can you share? We love to hear about different traditions.

In case you missed it, last week we featured some interesting fun facts about weddings.

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