Marriage Customs And Superstitions

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Before the Same-Sex Marriage Law, marriage was viewed as a “second-hand” item that could be thrown away at any moment. After the law was passed in 2015, marriage became a widely discussed and comparable topic. Every day there are 2.3 billion couples that wed and this adds up to about 6,200 weddings a day. (Wedding Statistics in America) By there being so much diversity in cultures and religion, weddings are something that helps showcase the world’s “true colors”. The definition of "American wedding" used in this paper is primarily used as what is depicted worldwide in Hollywood films, television and other parts of U.S. popular culture. My goal is in this paper is to highlight different ceremonies, customs and superstitions in certain parts …show more content…
Superstitions are very common in everyday life like not walking under the ladder, or opening up a umbrella in the house. These types of superstitions exist in engagements, weddings, and honeymoons. Superstitious Italian grooms carry a small piece of iron in their pockets to ward off evil spirits, and brides rip their veils for good luck. (Canney) Most superstitions that are widely known usually double as something symbolic like wearing something old, new, blue and borrowed. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the Irish believed that if the sun shone on the bride, it would bring good luck to the couple. It was also lucky to hear a cuckoo on the wedding morning or to see three magpies. …show more content…
Most of these ceremonies include sermons and other religious practices such as fasting. Others are to help foretell the future of the couple and to make the bride and groom make babies. According to Marriage Culture of Nigeria, Nikah ceremonies are held in which a sermon is read aloud, then the matrimonial contract drafted is then read in front of minimum two witnesses. ("Muslim Marriage in Nigeria") Hand fasting is an ancient Celtic tradition that involved tying the hands of the betrothed together well in advance of their actual wedding day. (Green ) Most ceremonies include many religious like in most African American weddings; there is a time for candle lighting by the couple and the parents of both the bride and the

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