WEDDING TRADITIONS

Germany

 

The night before the church wedding, there is an event called Polterabend. No formal invitation is sent to guests, as it is taken for granted that everyone knows about this tradition, and will attend the event if they wish to. The future bride and groom usually prepare some finger food and a welcome drink.

 

This German custom involves smashing plates and china (but not glass) as a sign of good luck for the married couple. The idea is that these plates will be broken, but never the marriage. At the end of the fun, the bride and groom have to clean up all of the shards and pieces. The Polterabend usually turns into a fun, informal party with the couples' friends, family, and neighbors.

 

As the German newlyweds leave the church, they will be showered in rice. Throwing of rice is an ancient symbol of fertility, and the German custom is that every grain of rice that sticks in the bride's hair represents a future child. 

 

The German wedding tradition that follows is Der Autokorso. A white ribbon is given to every car driver after the wedding, which are meant to be attached to the antenna of their cars. They then all start driving towards the reception venue. There is lots of happy honking of horns, and the passing traffic will honk back for good luck.

 

Peru

 

In Peruvian wedding traditions the suitor asks for her beloved's hand for marriage from her parents. After the approval of the parents the wedding ceremony takes place following the traditional wedding customs.

 

A Peruvian custom is to include wedding charms between the layers of the wedding cake, attached with ribbons. Before the cake is cut and served to the guests, each single woman pulls a string. It is believed that the one who pulls the ribbon with the 'ring' on the end is the next one to marry within a year.

 

An old person starts reading and reminds the couples about their marriage responsibilities. The couples exchange their marriage vows and the elders bless them immediately after the wedding.

 

The bride and the groom flaunt traditional Peruvian wedding costumes to make their wedding day special and also to pay tribute to their traditions. After the wedding ceremony a grand feast is organized at the reception party wherein traditional songs in Quechua is sung along with some traditional dance movements where the newlyweds join and makes merry.

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