Tra­di­tions from around the world

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Ev­ery cul­ture has tra­di­tional mar­riage rit­u­als, from the Bul­gar­ian throw­ing of figs at the de­part­ing new­ly­weds, to the seat­ing of a doll on the bride and groom's wed­ding ta­ble (Puerto Ri­can). Here are a few rit­u­als to celebrate your her­itage that you may not even have known about:

African-Amer­i­can

Jump­ing the broom. Since African slaves were not per­mit­ted to marry in Amer­ica, they would make a public dec­la­ra­tion of their love and com­mit­ment by jump­ing over a broom to the beat of drums. The broom has since come to sym­bol­ize the new­ly­wed act of set­ting up home.

Chi­nese

The colour of love and joy in China is red, so dur­ing the cer­e­mony the cou­ple drink wine and honey from gob­lets tied to­gether with red string.

French

The cou­ple of­ten drinks the re­cep­tion toast from an en­graved two-han­dled cup -- the coupe de mariage.

Ger­man

The bride car­ries salt and bread in her pocket to en­sure bounty; the groom car­ries grain, for wealth and good for­tune.

In­dian

The groom's brother sprin­kles flower petals over the cou­ple at the end of the cer­e­mony to ward off evil.

Ja­panese

The cou­ple takes nine sips of sake, be­com­ing hus­band and wife af­ter the first sip.

Mex­i­can

A tra­di­tional pinata is fun re­cep­tion en­ter­tain­ment – es­pe­cially for kids! A sweet ad­di­tion: Guests of­ten form a heart-shaped ring around the cou­ple be­fore their first new­ly­wed dance.

Pol­ish

For vil­lage wed­dings, friends weave a crown of rose­mary leaves, sym­bol­iz­ing re­mem­brance, for the bride.

Tur­key

Be­fore the bride walks down the aisle, she asks her sin­gle brides­maids and rel­a­tives to sign the sole of her bridal shoes. Af­ter a night of danc­ing and pranc­ing, tra­di­tion states that the per­son's sig­na­ture who has faded the most will be the next to marry.

In­cor­po­rat­ing one of these acts into your cer­e­mony is a great way to add orig­i­nal­ity, as well as to pay a spe­cial trib­ute to your back­ground and her­itage.

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