German wedding traditions
At barely an other Festival, the tradition is kept so much as at the wedding. We tell you what wedding customs include a wedding ceremony.
The most important wedding customs
Since there are a huge number of wedding customs in Germany, we hereafter give a brief overview of the most important rituals of the wedding. These can look this approximately applies to the Russian and the Turkish, completely different in different cultures.
The flowers spread the flower children belongs to every traditional wedding this and goes back to an ancient pagan custom. The enticing scent of flowers to attract the goddess of fertility, which should help the freshly married couple’s great blessing of children.
Throw bridal bouquet
The tossing of the bridal bouquet is one of the most popular wedding rituals. Where is the bride with his back to the unmarried women. Then, the new wife throws the bouquet into the crowd. If you catch the bride’s bouquet, will be reportedly next to the altar.
A wedding cake is not only a delicious treat at the wedding ceremony, but also has a symbolic meaning. Bride and groom cut together the wedding cake, which is intended to represent a sign of cohesion within the marriage. It is merely that the person will be in charge in the marriage, which has the hand when cutting up.
At a wedding, it is customary that the bride wears a white dress which symbolizes purity and light. The groom can however see the dress before the wedding. Finally, it says that demons from the man can do dirty looks on the bride.
Money in the upper
A more traditional wedding custom is that the bride wears a dime in the upper on the day of their wedding. This ritual to rescue the couple from money worries. Because this custom is very uncomfortable and can lead to painful blisters on the foot, the brides prefer attach the cents on the outside of the shoe.
With the wedding dance, the couple opened the dance floor. Usually, bride and groom dancing a classic Waltz. After the opening dance may also the witnesses, family members and all other guests on the dance floor.
Carrying the bride over the threshold
After the wedding, the groom must carry his wife over the threshold of the common home as terrible demons are supposed to reside under the stairs. When the new husband carries his sweetheart over the threshold, you can do anything to the evil spirits.
After the ceremony in the Church or in the registry office, the wedding party with a beautiful gesture, can honor the newlyweds: after the ceremony the guests in two rows beside the door set up themselves, so that in the middle of a gang. Then they put the hands together. The fresh married couple then walks through the tunnel formed by the guests. This wedding custom is to show that the two spouses have embarked on the right path together. The narrowness of the tunnels will also stand for the obstacles, which will overcome the bride and groom together.
“Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue”
The English custom of “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” has established itself in Germany. These are items which carries the bride during the ceremony at. The old symbolizes the past. Because the family has played a major role during this time, a piece of the family jewellery is often used. The new stands for the new life as a married couple and can be beautifully symbolized in the wedding dress. The salvaged is provided mostly by the mother or a close friend of the bride and to impart warmth and happiness to the couple. Mostly used jewelry, a cloth handkerchief or shoes. Because blue is the color of loyalty, something become completes the thing. For this, usually a blue garter is used.
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