Traditions and Meanings of Wedding Ceremony
A wedding is one of the most performed acts by humans over the ages of human mankind in all over the world.
The wedding present the legalization and the announcement of the gathering of two souls in one essence, by their marriage, they decided to continue their lives together, sharing in one place, walking in one path, and also it is the seed of establishing a family, which has its presence and acknowledgment to the society and their surrounding world.
We humans have different cultures, and different lives, therefore our traditions and ceremonies are variable regarding the act of wedding.
There are many different culture traditions, religious traditions, and economical based traditions.
But on the same time, there are many common actions regarding the wedding preparations, they are different when applied, but you could find the same concepts are applied all over the world, so let us take a tour together to see what are these common traditions, and why they are meant to be applied.
- Marriage vows:
In most cultures, bride and groom are exchanging vows to each other in front of the wedding ceremony, some of these vows can be related to religious beliefs, but the main point of this act is to announce the love and its continuity on the future from both sides, it is considered as a declared promise, also some people would say great vows with poetry, which is related to the lives and behaviors of their partners.
- The exchanging gifts tradition:
Exchanging wedding rings is the most common tradition performed nowadays, some other culture, especially the eastern ones, the central Asian and the Arabs, consider doing this as an act of consideration, and when the cost of gift is high, it means the value of the bride is high too.
But the original meaning of this tradition is to present a love gift which can make the bride happy and satisfied, many cultures all around the world are making this gift simple as possible nowadays, as they understand the true meaning of the gift is about the value of the act itself, not the cost.
- The customs:
The ordinary white dress and the black suite of the bride and the groom are usually applied everywhere nowadays, as the whiteness of dress presents the purity of the bride.
But this tradition is variable among many cultures, especially in Africa and Asia, as every culture has its own custom for weddings, and they represent different and unique meanings, and most of the time it is applied as a cultured tradition.
- Sharing the happiness:
Sharing the happiness of the wedding among the families and friends is a common tradition, but it has different aspects and traditions everywhere, from the common music parties to the dancing rituals in other places.
- The banquet or the wedding reception:
Sharing a meal with the invited people is mostly common in weddings, as it represent as an act of gratitude from the groom and the bride towards the wedding attendees, there are many ways to do the wedding reception, some culture insist to make it a huge banquet as a way of showing off honor and pride, others would make it very limited, by considering to only invite the most important people in the lives of bride and the groom.
- The religious ceremony:
While the spreading of the civil weddings ceremonies in the western cultures, there are many people who still stick to the religious ritual in the wedding, and in most eastern culture especially the Arab ones, it is the most important ritual in the wedding, and without it, the marriage is not legal.
Many religious people tend to do so as an act of blessing, and to ask god for blessing, mercy, and happiness on their newly marriage life.