The Nuer people’s wedding traditions in South Sudan happen in multiple stages, beginning with the hopeful bachelors approaching their intended bride’s family with a dowry of up to forty cattle.
Following this, a wedding ceremony takes place, but the proceedings’ third and final stage is the chance to make the newlywed status official: the conjugal night. However, should the bride fail to conceive, the groom can call the entire marriage off and get a refund of all his cattle!
A Crazy Cone Cake
The kransekage is likely the most interesting wedding cake anyone could bake. Traditional to both Denmark and Norway, kransekage is made by stacking concentric rings — starting from the largest at the bottom to the smallest at the top — on top of each other to form a cone.
Eighteen layers are usually the standard but can exceed more! Rumor has it this cake is not just cool-looking, but also induces finger-licking in those who eat it.
Brides With Ghostbusting Crowns
The wedding day phantoms are at it again. Almost every culture has a way of protecting its newlyweds from evil spirits. Ghost-proof protocols include wearing a veil, carrying the bride through the door, having both feet on the ground at all times, and more!
Now, we can add the Norweigan bridal crown: an ostentatious silver and gold tiara with several ghost-repelling charms dangling off it. The clink and chime of the charms are intended to scare off any shady spirits. Take note: ghosts hate noise!
The Groom and the Bridal Bullseye
Cupid, stand aside. The Uyghur ethnic group in China proves their love for their brides by shooting arrows at them. And not just in the general direction of the bride; the arrows have to physically hit her.
Do not worry – the groom ensures to remove the arrowheads before picking up his bow! The groom fires the salvo of arrow shafts at his bride and then proceeds to snap each one before her. The tradition symbolizes everlasting trust between the couple.
Making the Bride Bigger
In the north African country of Mauritania, plus-sized women are considered the most attractive, and, traditionally, thin-bodied women find it challenging to secure a husband. Basically, the bigger the bride, the better!
The ancient tradition of leblouh is a school of sorts for young girls to gain weight. The young women are expected to attend these leblouh rites where female elders feed them a high-calorie diet primarily consisting of couscous and goat milk.