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Marriage Traditions from around the World

Marriage Traditions from around the World

Currently, the Western world looks at the marriage as on a relationship of equals who take this step together after a longer time. However, in the past and in some cases at present, the marital relationship looks completely different. Let's take a closer look on the 3 various traditions of the present that are linked to marriage.

September Romance

September Romance also known as Marriage festival is traditionally held in late September in Morocco in Ilmichil, village in High Atlas mountains. The purpose of this festival is during the three days to find a partner. Festival thus participating young single people of Berber tribes who are looking for a partner. During these three days are choosing especially women. As stated Patricia Schultz „Men are dressed in white džellab and show their most precious silver dagger. The girls are wearing modest clothes, richly hand embroidered woolen shawls handira and jewelry, which shows position of their families in society.“  Legend about September Romance says that this market was established in memory of two lovers who could not be together and died.

Arranged marriages

Many people looking for their love, or it meets by chance and after a certain relationship, couple decided to have a wedding. But even today we can meet the agreed weddings where are the groom and the bride selected by parents. In some parts of the world is role of parents important mainly because it will be their children, who will take care of them in their seniority. Even in some parts of the world young people meet only when both families approve such a relationship. However, what think about this tradition young people? For most of them it is normal, some even seek such marriages. They believe that their parents will find the most suitable partner and that love will come over time. For example, the Indian Ramika for portal casprezeny.azet.sk said that „love will come over time. We are both young, we have a lifetime to met and fell in love with each other. Now we feel for each other respect and affection.“

Ghost marriage

Although is for many people from the West, modern world, arranged marriages little weird tradition a more special tradition is for us Ghost marriage practiced in China since the 17th century. Although it was outlawed in 1949, these weddings are still normal in many parts of China. One such wedding was attended by Ing. Jaroslav Mareš, who said that „It was a cheerful wedding (...) only the bride and groom were missing. Before two empty chairs stood on the table their great photos.“ Later he found out from his friend that it is a ghost marriage, and that in China, it is nothing unusual. Important information in this traditions is that criminals are trying to make money on this type of occassion also today. As stated Chris Luo in 2014 „Police in eastern China have arrested 11 people for their alleged roles in digging up dead women’s bodies which were then sold into ritual “ghost marriages”. The suspects exhumed a woman’s body from a village grave in Shandong province in March and sold it to a middleman for 18,000 yuan (...)The custom of ghost marriages requires a woman’s body be buried alongside a newly deceased bachelor so that he won’t be alone in the afterlife.“


Chris Luo. 11 arrested for tomb-raiding and selling women´s corpses for ´ghost marriage´ rituals. SCMP: 2014. [online]. [cited 29.3.2015]. Available: http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1628204/shandong-police-arrest-11-over-dead-bodies-sold-ghost-marriage

Ing. Jaroslav Mareš. Dračí chrám. Tajuplné příběhy z jihovýchodní Asie. (Pardubice: FILIP TREND PUBLISHING PARDUBICE, 2002)

Nina Frisby. Dohodnuté manželstvá: Svadba a potom možno láska. CASPREZENY. AZET:2012. [online]. [cited 29.3.2015]. Available: http://casprezeny.azet.sk/clanok/98082/dohodnute-manzelstva-svadba-a-potom-mozno-laska.html

Patricia Schultz. 1000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE (New York: Workman Publishing Company, 2011) (Picture: Kumar's Edit - Marriage Indian traditional)

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