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.
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.
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.
Hometown Sticks for Couples Who Stick Together
The Samburu people of Kenya have their own version of “something old.” To show they won't forget where they came from, the Samburu bride and the groom must choose two sticks from their place of birth and cross them at their marriage ceremony. Think of it as a gesture to your hometown.
In a very poetic sense, this tradition signifies that the couple is still true to their roots but is also growing new ones.
Bread on Their Shoulders, Honey in Their Mouths
An Armenian superstition insists that a careful balancing of bread will foil any malicious spirit’s plans to sabotage your holy matrimony. Upon entering the wedding reception, flatbread is laid on the shoulders of both bride and groom.
The couple then has to smash a plate and be fed spoonfuls of honey – all the while being mindful not to let the bread drop. Wow, that's a lot to think about during your own wedding!