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Russian wedding customs and traditions
Russian wedding customs are fascinating. In Russian, the wedding is known as ‘svaadba’.It’s ‘a must attend once in a life time wedding celebration’. The invitees make a cheerful ambience. The wedding is led by the chosen person who acts as a link between the couple and invitees.
Getting blessed with Kaaravai
When the bride and groom are about to enter the celebration hall (or home), the in-laws of bride welcome them amidst applaud by the friends and relatives. Kaaravai is a decorative round shaped bread. It is accompanied by salt. The mother in-law holds Kaaravai with a special clothing material in her hands and blesses the newly-wed couple with it.
The one who wins, rules forever
After getting blessed by the in-laws, both the bride and groom have to eat their portions of bread The one who manages to eat a big chunk of bread is believed to rule over his better half for the whole life.
Locking up your love
This is one of my favourites.The groom & bride walk together along with the friends and relatives and put a lock on the bridge. The key is taken to home but some prefer throwing in the river. Every year the couple goes to this bridge to check their lock. It’s a symbol of their love.
Expression of love in words
Next the couple is asked to describe each other one by one in the most accurate words.For example ‘my love’, ‘my life’ etc. You may use whatever fits your partner precisely. The invitees keep applauding all the while.
The couple is given a pot of Kaasha; kasha is porridge in Russian. They need to eat it one by one. It is not mandatory to consume the whole pot. It is believed that the more spoons of Kaasha you eat the more children you’ll have. The invitees keep counting the number of spoons or children as the couple begins. (for example 4 spoons mean 4 children)
Burning the candle
The groom is given a candle to light up by making fire with the help of a wooden plate and stick. The groom keeps trying hard until his mother helps him light up with the help of another candle. Everyone laughs as the groom keeps trying making fire in vain without even thinking how he can make it possible.
A girl or a boy
The wedding lead asks the invitees about the children, whether they want a girl or a boy from this couple. A decorative box is passed to the invitees to put money in. Some put in for a boy and some for a girl. In the end the money is counted. The one, who gets more, wins.
The parents, friends, relatives bless the couple and celebrate which is followed by the cake ceremony. There are a lot of Russian wedding games and traditions.. Alcohol, especially vodka is a must in Russian wedding.
Below are some Russian wedding videos.
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