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Mexico - No Pearls:Mexicans believe that pearls represent tears and the bride wearing pearls will cry on her wedding day.
Yugura - Shooting Arrows :During local weddings the groom shoots three arrows to the bride (though without arrowheads) The groom then breaks the arrows and the bow, symbolizing eternal love and life together.
Tujia - Crying:Starting one whole month in advance the bride starts to cry for an hour everyday. Ten days into the ordeal the mom joins the picture, and then ten days later the grandmother does the same. By the end of the month every female in the family is crying alongside the bride, which is supposed to be an expression of joy as the women weep in different tones, kind of like a song
Tidong - No Bathroom Privileges :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.
Thailand - Marrying a Tree:In the south of Thailand 21 years old man traditionally gets married to a tree. The tree symbolizes vitality, and the man is will in turn be blessed by the Buddha and the Patriarchs and will be able to find true love and have a happy family the future.
Sweden - Kiss Attacks:In Sweden, whenever either the bride or groom leaves their table to use the bathroom the other gets kissed…a lot. If the groom has to go then every male in the reception will get a chance to kiss the bride and vice versa.
Slovakia - Shoulder Ride:In Slovakia the groom puts the bride on his shoulder and carries her away from the wedding reception.
Maruesas - Walking on Guests:In the Maruesas Islands of French Polynesia after the wedding reception is over the relatives of the bride all lay side by side in the dirt, face down. The bride and groom then walk across them like some sort of human rug.
Korea - Smiles, Nuts, and Plums:Koreans believe that if the groom is smiling a lot at the wedding his first child is going to be a daughter. After the wedding groom's parents throw some nuts and plums to the bride. If the bride takes some nuts she'll get many sons.
Korea - Fish Beatings:When a wedding is over in Korea, friends of the groom remove his socks, tie a rope around his ankles and start beating his feet with fish in order to prepare him for his first night as a married man.
Italy - Cutting the Groom's Tie:In Italy, there a tradition called “cutting” of the groom's tie. The tie is cut into small pieces, then the friend of the happy couple walks from table to table offering them, collecting money for each piece.
Ireland - Straw Boys:In the Irish counties of Leitrim and Mayo, 9 young men that are collectively designated as “straw boys”. On the eve before the wedding the straw boys go to the house of the bride and dance with her. If there are any other women in the home they dance with them too.
Germany - Kidnapping the Bride:In Germany friends of bride and groom kidnap the bride and the groom has to find her. The search starts in a local pub. The groom pays a drink to everyone who wants to join him in search.
Gelao - Knocking Out Virgin Teeth:For the Gelao woman, it is not good to be a virgin. It is believed that a girl who gets married as virgin is a bad luck for the family and her future husband. Thus, to become less attractive to local men, women who are still virgins knock out one or two of their teeth.
Fiji -Whale Teeth: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.
Daur, Mongolia - Killing Baby Chickens:For the Daur 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. 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. If not, then they have to repeat the process until they find a satisfactory liver.
Congo - No Smiling:In the Congo, if you want to ruin someone’s wedding just hire a comedian. In order for the marriage to be taken seriously the bride and groom are not allowed to smile throughout the entire ceremony.
Africa - Mother Knows Best:Some villages in africa require an older woman to accompany the newlyweds into their bedroom on the first night of their marriage in order to “show the bride the ropes.” Although this is usually a village elder, sometimes it can be the brides own mother.