A tradition in South Korea known as Falaka involves hosting a game of trivia for the groom. Sounds fun, right? Well, there is a twist: the groom is expected to answer every question while being restrained.
That’s not all, the soles of his feet must be whipped with a dead fish. Why? To make him strong enough to endure the challenges of marriage by enhancing his memory. We’re confident he’d want to forget this, though.
I Now Declare You Lumberjacks!
German weddings rank as some of the most joyous ones in the world, with a variety of quirky traditions and superstitions that make the festivities all the more eccentric and amusing.
Baumstamm sägen is the German tradition of a groom and bride sawing a log in half, which symbolizes their first challenge as a married couple. Teamwork! Once the log is in half, the guests shower the couple in confetti and proceed to the reception.
The Three-Day Bathroom Ban
The Tidung people of Borneo have rather challenging honeymoons. Fertility is favored highly in this culture, and one of the first orders of married business is to get to making babies straight away.
Supposedly, a couple is believed to conceive far more successfully if they are prevented from using the toilet for three days after their wedding! Relatives go so far as to stand guard at their bedroom door to ensure no sneaky relieving happens.
I Take Thee, Tree
Some Indian cultures believe that if a woman is born under a Mars sign, she carries a curse that will lead to a catastrophic marriage. There is a very curious way to break this curse: marrying a tree.
A banana tree, in fact. The superstition holds that the tree should be cut down once the bride has wed the tree. With its felling, any curses attached to her are dispelled and she can now marry a human, hopefully.
For a Tujia Bride, Crying Is a Chore
Work those tear ducts, ladies; this tradition takes dedication. In China, the Tujia people incorporate forced crying into the buildup to the wedding. A month before the wedding takes place, the bride must cry daily for a full hour.
A week later, her mother begins weeping with her, and following this: her grandmother! Come the wedding week, and all the female relatives sob with the bride daily! This tradition is about literally crying tears of joy.