Balkans Bridal Customs

We will examine some of the intriguing Balkan bride customs in this article. It’s unfortunate that many of them are disappearing, but it’s high time we looked into the past to learn more about how the Balkan celebrated their union

At an engagement, it was very prevalent for the bride’s relatives to collect different presents. For instance, she and her female family would find fruit, detergents and fans while the groom and female members of his family were given tees, tights, napkins, food and drinks. Many of the displays served as a form of money and as a guarantee that the newlyweds had anything they required to begin their lives together.

Wedding planning in the past was also very important. For instance, in the north of Serbia, girls and women in her household used to devote months sewn and embroidering clothing, linen, and napkins for the new partners. They had also create various foods to welcome their guests and make a specific twig called styag, pryaporetz, feruglitza or a bridal banner rachenik, kouzhel, yabolshnitsa.

There were also a few additional intriguing rituals The comb and plaiting rite, or Kolaanja, is a well-known custom that originated in Kosovo. It’s performed by the girls and is accompanied with specially dedicated melodies. After this the groom is shaved. In some parts of the nation, it was also custom to drop a particular symbol at the bride’s and groom’s homes to shield them from bad magic.