Different cultures often try to celebrate different things or celebrate things in their own unique way. A typical American birthday party (not a Kanye West one), for example, can look quite different from a French one. While religion is a big factor in how we celebrate important moments in our lives, cultural history and customs should not be underestimated.
Since it’s impossible to see all the important moments in one’s life, let’s take a look at what weddings look like around the world.
The most unique thing about weddings in India is called Mehndi ceremony. It is where the bride’s limbs are painted with henna, and all the female friends and relatives or the bride join in the painting.
The biggest wedding tradition in Germany actually takes place before the wedding. Polterabend is something they do the night before the wedding and it basically involves smashing several dishes for luck. Because why not.
In Tuscany, it is more common for brides to marry in black instead of white. As you can imagine this makes them very easy to distinguish from the rest of the world. Unfortunately, this tradition has disappeared and most Italian women marry white just like us.
In Japanese weddings, the bride is often dressed in a white kimono and painted white. It signifies purity. Japanese brides don’t stay in the same dress for the entire wedding – they change dresses often.
The way Mexican weddings are celebrated is completely different from the rest of the world. Where most people usually associate weddings with white gowns, Mexicans actually have very colorful weddings. Their marriages are also heavily influenced by religion.
Jamaican weddings are neither intimate nor small. They are events that bring the entire community together, even to the extent that the villagers judge the bride. If she is not beautiful, they send her back to make herself look good.
Chinese weddings exude tradition. Brides dress in red and often switch to white mid-party. It has a lot of Eastern symbolism, and you’ll often see images of dragons and phoenixes in gold—symbolizing masculine and feminine strength. Perhaps the strangest tradition: Before the groom marries the bride, he must convince her parents to hand her over on the wedding day. The only thing that will convince them is a properly filled money envelope.