Wedding is an important celebration in the life of every person. In addition to the fact that a new family is being created, each of the couple changes their life, status, goals and priorities. Everyone wants the marriage to be strong, and the relationship of the newlyweds to develop as well as possible. Therefore, our people are trying so hard to honor wedding traditions and rituals in order to ensure a smooth family life in every possible way.
Now in our country there is no division into native, Slavic, and Western wedding traditions. A modern wedding has crossed everything so skillfully that sometimes you can’t even make out where some action came from. So, for example, the ransom of the bride is a tradition of many peoples of the world, including ours. It is believed that the bridegroom must pay a substantial sum for the bride, then the parents can safely give their daughter in marriage. Today, everything happens a little differently, in a certain game, when the groom, having failed to complete this or that task related to the bride, must pay compensation.
Modern wedding traditions and rituals require the groom to have a small bouquet of flowers - a boutonniere, which the bride ties to her betrothed. But today this tradition has been slightly changed, ideally the girls simply wove wreaths for their suitors as a sign of love and devotion.
This custom has also been somewhat transformed, but there have always been flowers in it. Only earlier, brides threw their wreath into the crowd of unmarried girls, which adorned their heads during the marriage ceremony. It was believed that the lucky woman who caught the bride's wreath would soon get married.
At all times there were also very interesting wedding traditions and rituals. Such, for example, is beating dishes. Today, as they say, it beats for happiness: the more small fragments, the more happiness the young will have. But earlier this tradition had a slightly different purpose. So they tested the chastity of the bride. If the dishes, most often earthenware, broke, then the girl was pure, but if she remained intact, the bride had a hard time, and oh, how difficult it was to prove the truth to superstitious residents.
Today at weddings they shout: “Bitter!” So that the young people kiss. But earlier this word had a slightly different meaning. So, in the old days, everyone who gave a gift was sure to pour a glass of vodka. And the person, having drunk the contents of the glass, had to say: “Bitter!” To assure those present that it was vodka, and not water, that was drunk. These interesting Russian wedding traditions have remained with us to this day.
Wedding ceremonies and traditions of Russia require the presence of witnesses at each celebration. They must put their signatures in the registry office and assure others of the authenticity of the couple's marriage. But before the witnesses carried a slightly different purpose. Even in ancient times, they were needed in order to deceive the unclean forces and protect the young couple from adversity. Somewhat later, in the difficult Middle Ages, the witnesses also saved the young, but this time from the real threat from the villains.
Modern wedding traditions and rituals involve removing the bride's veil and tying a headscarf as a sign that the lady is already married. In the past, the custom was somewhat different. They took off the wreath for the girl and untwisted her braid. This was done for the last time, because. It was believed that a married woman should not walk around with bare hair. Then the girls did the bride's hair, and she forever said goodbye to her hair flowing over her shoulders.