What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen at a wedding? A drunken best man? An unusual theme? A few seriously bad dancers? Such occurrences might be surprising, but they’re hardly tradition. Some cultures, however, have wedding customs that make an inebriated groomsman seem passé.
Of course, strange is in the eye of the beholder, and most of these traditions have significant meanings and historical rationale. In fact, continuing to practice them often allows a couple to spice up their wedding ceremony while simultaneously paying tribute to their culture’s past.
Even if you’re not Jewish, you’ve probably heard the phrase “mazel tov” before. Find out how this exclamation is used and what it has to do with broken glass on the next page.