Wedding Customs

Rooted in tradition and deep symbolism, Japanese weddings are elaborate, formal affairs. It is as though each ritual and every custom has been put there after a lot of thought and to fit in the entire whole. And though the number of details in a Japanese wedding can be staggering – like the overall wedding cost the newlyweds or their families may have to bear – the outcome is beautiful and meaningful without comparison.

Matchmaking and engagement

Scotland is a country with proud, vigorous traditions; little wonder then its wedding customs too are marked as much by deep symbolism as by fun, color and festivities. Scottish wedding traditions actually go as far back as the thirteenth century when they were guided by the regulations of the Medieval Church; contemporary Scottish wedding customs however have evolved according to the folk customs of various regions as well as being influenced by practical considerations of modern times.

Reading of the marriage banns

Sikhism is one of the youngest religions in the world. It is thus practiced with a large degree of uniformity even though the Sikh population is spread all across the globe. The essence of a Sikh wedding is the Anand Karaj ceremony, which literally translates as Blissful Union and is performed at the Gurudwara of the main place of worship in Sikhism. While the Anand Karaj is rather a straightforward and homogenous ceremony, a traditional Sikh wedding incorporates a lot of preparations which make it a highly colorful and festive affair.

Engagement ceremony

Bengalis are a distinct linguistic community originating from the eastern part of India and the neighboring country of Bangladesh. The wedding traditions of Bengalis may have some differences according to caste, religion and region but essentially all Hindu Bengali weddings are marked by certain common customs.

Bengali matchmaking

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