Music is said to be an universal language and like marriage, the old traditions they bring have also become an universal practice. Some countries around the world swear by these traditions as they are seen as superstitious while for others, it's simply a cultural custom. Have you ever wondered why there’s a garter toss, why bride’s wear something old or where the phrase ‘tying the knot' came from?
Here are some wedding traditions and superstitions explained.
1. Arachnophobia anyone?
“He who would wish to thrive must let spiders run alive,” is an old English proverb that signifies good fortune. The English trust that if a spider is found in a wedding dress, there will be good luck. Long ago the English had no doubt that killing a spider would invite financial downfall. Let’s just hope that the bride doesn’t have a phobia of creepy crawlers.
2. Rain or shine
Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck in many cultures. Rain symbolizes fertility, cleansing, unity and renewal. Those who have been rained on are said to one day bear children (fertility), hardships or sadness will be a thing of the past (cleansing), marriages will last (unity), and awful memories or circumstances will be washed away (renewal). Even though rain may be good luck, it's also best of luck to have a contingency plan.
3. Romantic or too much liquor?
There are different rationales for why grooms carry their newly wed bride over the threshold. The idea that she would be protected from evil spirits came from the Ancient Romans who thought the soles of bride’s feet were where evil spirits would enter from. In Medieval Europe, carrying the bride signified to the onlookers that she was not eager to lose her virginity. In