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.
In Kenya, Masai fathers have quite a way of expressing their blessing for their daughter’s choice of husband. Despite what you might think, the act of spitting in the Masai is one of respect. It is thought that good luck is transferred in the act.
On a Masai bride’s wedding day, after she has lamb fat smeared all over her, her father will ceremoniously spit on her head and chest. A lot of tissues are brought to these weddings, and not just for the tears.
Whale Teeth Instead of a Ring
Forget saving three months' worth of salary for an engagement ring. Just propose in the traditional Fijian way: by presenting the bride and her family with a whale tooth! Fijians believe that the relic has powers and that bestowing it signifies that the gifter will “make good” on his commitment.
Whale teeth are becoming increasingly rare to purchase nowadays, and many families inherit whale teeth from previous generations.
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.
Using Dead Fish to Prepare the Groom for Married Life
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.