Here is another challenge from my friend Mary: Wedding incorporating traditions from each continent.
Africa: The twelve symbols of life important in African culture may be administered as part of the wedding ceremony. These are wine, wheat, pepper, salt, bitter herbs, water, a pot and spoon, a broom, honey, a spear, a shield, and a copy of the Bible or the Koran. Each one represents a different aspect of the love and strength which unites two families.
Asia– In Korea it is traditional for a fortune-teller, known as a kung-hap, to look into the couple’s future before they are married in order to see if they will live harmoniously together.
North America– North America- A paper mache container known as a pinata is suspended from the ceiling at Mexican wedding receptions. It will be shaped like a heart or an animal. Filled with candy, it is hung by a string and swatted at by children. When it breaks, the candy falls out and is shared among the guests.
South America– During a traditional wedding ceremony in Venezuela, the families of the bride and groom will exchange 13 gold coins, to symbolize prosperity and good fortune. The coins are known as arras. These may also be exchanged between the couple themselves.
Europe– Many of the wedding traditions in the Scandinavian countries go back hundreds of years. In Denmark, for example, it is traditional for an arch of pine branches to be built in front of the bride’s home. This arch is known as the Gates of Honor.
Australia– Wedding rings made of carved bone or greenstone are also popular amongst those wishing to include the ancient culture of the Maori people in their wedding.
Antarctica– Antarctic Tartan – “The colours of which are inspired by King penguins… The design of each sett is taken from Antarctic geography. The square of white at the centre represents the ice-covered continent and the light of the Antarctic summer. Within this, threads of pale blue represent the 0/360, 90, 180 and 270 degree lines of longitude and the point where they cross – the South Pole. Two bands of grey depict mountain ranges and exposed coastal rocks. Animals and simple plant life are found around Antarctica’s coast so the colours that follow, orange, yellow, black and white represent not only penguins but also the wealth of other animal life on land and in the seas. Orange also represents the lichens encrusting the rocks. Pale blue and white depict the ice shelves, with a thick band of midnight blue for ocean deeps and dark winters. Each tartan sett is separated by a thin white band, representing the Antarctic Circle. Where bands of white cross over, the stars of the Southern Cross are depicted”. — Designed by Celtic Originals Aros, Mull, Scotland. The church pictured is also in Antarctica and is known as the Grytviken Church.