The Yoruba people in Nigeria know that wedded life is not all sunshine and rainbows. Hard times come, and the lovebirds are expected to hold out against the challenges. The couple’s family makes the newlyweds gulp down a spoonful of cayenne pepper, honey, lemon juice, and vinegar to symbolize this.
Each ingredient is meant to represent an emotional state so they can figuratively “taste” the sweetness of companionship, the heat of arguments, the bitterness of struggle, and the acidity of responsibility.
A Spider in Your Wedding Dress
Brides who are scared of spiders may want to skip this one. English folklore has a curious superstition about a certain eight-legged individual crawling over the wedding dress.
In traditional English superstition, a spider hiding in a wedding dress is considered an omen of good fortune. While the roots of this belief are a tad unclear, we feel like it's a safe bet to assume it was started by someone who liked seeing brides scream in horror. Not cool! Still, it is thought that the spider symbolizes “weaving new worlds.”
Dutch Partners in Pine
The Dutch are known to grab their shovels before a newlywed couple takes occupation of their marital home.
The respective friends of the bride and groom take it upon themselves to plant two small pine trees on either side of the house’s front door. Scottish naturalist John Muir may have said it best when he quoted, ”Between every two pine trees, there is a door leading to a new way of life.”
A Sugar Coated Bride
A Grecian superstition states that a sugar cube placed close to the bride will sweeten the union between her and the groom. The intent is not to make it too obvious.
Some creative ways that wedding guests have found are placing sugar cubes into bouquets, hiding them in purses, or scattering them on tables. Some go as far as simply inserting a sugar cube into the glove of a bride so the sugar can melt against her skin!
Pinching the Bride
Pinching your way to a partner. The curious tradition of guests pinching Egyptian brides on their wedding days began when, as folklore tells, a scornful bride began mocking a maiden for not being able to find a husband.
In anger, the maiden pinched the bride’s knee, and upon hearing of this quarrel, the bride’s cousin proposed marriage to the crabby maiden. To this day Egyptian brides have to endure pinching from every hopeful young maiden attending.