During Maasai weddings in Kenya, it is often customary for the father of the bride to spit. And he doesn’t spit on the floor, or even on the groom; he spits on his own daughter! On the poor bride’s head and breasts.
Within their culture, spitting is seen as a symbol of good luck and fortune; it is also tradition to spit on newborn babies to ward off bad luck.
Groom’s feet beating (South Korea)
Some South Korean grooms get their feet beat after the wedding. His grooms men or family members remove his shoes and bind his ankles with rope before taking turns to beat his feet with a stick or a dried fish!
If you’re thinking “painful”, it is. Thankfully, the ritual isn’t that long and should be amusing for all -even for the groom. The reason behind it? It’s meant as a test of the newly wedded husband’s strength.
The chamber pot (France)
Unfortunately, not the pote de chambre (roommate) but the pot de chambre, chamber pot.
This old French tradition requires that the bride and groom swallow a mixture of food and/or alcohol contained in a chamber pot prepared by the wedding guests. The mixture is supposed to be the remains of the banquet, so you can find anything from chocolate to champagne.
This long-fallen tradition seems to be making an appearance again on French wedding nights.
Kiss the bride… all of you! (Sweden)
In Sweden, where the bride and groom walk down the aisle together, the couple also gets kisses from everyone, not just each other.
It’s tradition that when the bride leaves the room, all women should get up and line up to kiss the groom; same goes for male guests and the bride. And almost always there’s a male friend who, just for laughs, will go kiss the groom when the bride’s gone.
Cry before you wed (China)
The custom of crying marriage has existed for a long time in many areas of Southwest China. Nowadays, it’s not so popular as before, but it’s still observed in many places, especially by Tujia people, who view it as a necessary marriage procedure.
A month before their forthcoming nuptials, the brides will cry for one hour each day! Then, ten days into the ritual, the bride is joined by her mother; her grandmother joins in after another ten days and more female members of the family can also cry with her after that.
Zuo Tang is said to date back to China’s Warring States era when the mother of a Zhao princess broke down in tears at her wedding.