Love and marriage traditions around the world

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet and the same goes for declarations of love, regardless of their idiosyncrasies. Throughout history, people have done crazy things, all in the name of love and here are some interesting traditions when it comes to love from around the world.


In the very charming Wales, a lover will pass his/her significant other a Lovespoon, a meticulously carved wooden spoon signifying a variety of proclamations, security, affection, and eternal love. If the feeling is mutual, the receiver will wear this Lovespoon around her neck. If not, then the Lovespoon must be returned.

Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad & Central  African Republic

Dan Lundberg
Dan Lundeberg

The Wodaabe tribe in these African countries hold an annual courtship competition, called Guerewol. The roles are reversed and young men in the community would beautify themselves by  dressing up and painting their faces. They are then lined up and will attempt to woo the young and unmarried women by singing and dancing to prove their interest, stamina and appeal. Behind them will stand their potential suitors who would tap them on the shoulder to express their interest.


A person born in the astrological time frame when Mars is in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th, or 12th house of the rising sign can be considered a Manglik, or cursed. Believe to produce tumultuous marriages, caused by the fiery characteristic of Mars. If two Mangliks marry, the curse will be reversed but if only one of the two are a Manglik, a ceremony called kumbh vivah will take place, marrying the person to a tree to expel the curse.

South Korea


After a groom is wed and before he can leave with his new wife, his bare feet are bound and hit by his groomsmen and family members with a dried fish or canes. Some say that this is meant to toughen up the groom while others say this is used to quiz him, testing his knowledge when it comes to his wife.


In the Yugur community, wedding ceremonies are grand and can last from two to several days. One of their traditions consists of the groom shooting three arrows with no arrowhead at his wife. After the ceremony, the groom would break the bow and arrows, signifying everlasting love.


In this Southeast Asian country, fathers build their teenage daughters ‘love huts’ to encourage them to explore their sex life. These girls can use these huts to sleep with other people, in aim of finding their one true love. It is believed that this is the best way for a girl to find her husband for a successful marriage.


The Balinese have a unique occasion called Usaba Sambah. During the fifth month of the Tenganan calendar, unmarried girls are sat on a wooden turning wheel while they witness the unmarried men of the community, dressed only in sarongs, battle it out with whips made of pandanus leaves and bamboo shields. This is all in favour of impressing potential life partners.

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