A ceremony where two people are united into marriage – wedding – is held in different cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries and social classes. Although the ceremony`s customs and traditions may vary greatly, there are some common rituals that almost every wedding ceremony has. Exchanging of wedding vows by the couple, special wedding garments, presentation of a gift and public proclamation of marriage is an essential part of a wedding ceremony in almost every culture. In every culture, wedding ceremony is incorporated with some special rituals. In Pakistan, bride's hands are adorned with henna during the ceremony a few days before her wedding; the henna is meant to bring good luck to the marriage. In Scotland, male guests wear traditional Highland outfits of kilts, jackets, and hose to weddings. In Nigeria, the groom and his friends prostrate themselves to the bride's family before the bride is presented under a veil. In Bolivia, the bride and groom's heads are doused with confetti and flower petals after the wedding; a wedding party includes the tradition of having a meal next to Lake Titicaca. In the United States, there is a common tradition of the bouquet toss that was adopted by many other cultures, where the unmarried female wedding guests try to catch the bouquet for it is believed to bring good luck in getting engaged soon. In Japan, a couple performs the ritual of drinking 9 cups of sake during their wedding. In France, the traditional wedding cake is called croquembeuche, which is a big tower of cream puffs (Richardson, 2011).
The rights of sexual possession are implied in the ceremony while it is meant that after the wedding when the couple is united into a marriage, the wife becomes an exclusive sexual possession of her husband, although he cannot violate her own rights. Some economic rights are also implied while the married couple shares their own household and each of the couple has to share his or her profits in order to support their family and family`s possessions. The property that a wife or a husband had before the union becomes their shared property.
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Richardson, M. (2011). Marriage traditions around the world. Web. Retrieved from: http://matadornetwork.com/abroad/photo-essay-marriage-traditions-around- the-world/
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