Marriage: a sacred ritual that unites all religions, despite the differences. Beyond the cultural differences, in the rites, in the traditions, the idea that two people consecrate their union before something superior is common to all religions. For us marriage is the white veil, the rice at the exit of the church, the launch of the bouqet, but it is not like that in the whole world, every culture has its own customs.
In INDIA, the event follows a very ancient tradition, not only between the two spouses, but also between their respective families. During the ceremony the couple walks around the sacred fire in the Saptapad ritual. The celebrations often last several days. The Mehndi tradition, where the bride’s hands and feet are tattooed using henna, is a must, incredible artists design extremely elegant floral patterns with vegetable tints.
JEWISH marriage is also rich in traditions, such as the Ketubà, a sort of marriage contract drawn up strictly before the wedding and blessed by the rabbi. The ceremony will begin with the wedding procession towards the chuppah, the wedding canopy, and ends with the groom who will beat the chalice of wine, previously blessed by the rabbi, if it breaks under the football, it will be a good omen. In the celebrations the picturesque custom of the Hora is celebrated, the bride and groom lifted up by the guests on the chairs in time to music! A carousel of wild and overwhelming dances.
In CHINA the bride does not dress in white, the color of mourning, preferring red, the color of love. The bride that her wedding day must be fast and silent all day long! After the wedding, instead, it is customary for newlyweds to prepare tea at their parents as a sign of gratitude!
In short, every culture has its own history and its own rituals, but the ultimate goal remains the same: to declare oneself to be eternal love!