Ukrainian Bridal Traditions

December 27, 2023

A Ukrainian marriage is an celebration that combines both national and religious traditions. It is a huge, sophisticated meeting with many significant rites and customs.

The meeting begins with the formal relationship, when the wedding goes to the bride’s parents ( for identical- sex or genderqueer couples this is done with both sets of parents ) with a bottle of horilka asking for her hand in marriage. The vicar’s relatives and older married people called starosty follow him. If the parents accept the wedding ukraine dating, the wedding drapes a rushnyk around her spouse- to- been and they all drink horilka along.

Before the religion ceremony, the bride and groom receive riches from their relatives and guardians during a standard ritual known as Blahoslovenja. They arrow and exchange presents, quite as bridal breads called korovai that indicates career and reproduction. During this part of the ceremony, it is also common to manifest the couple with a set of catholic icons that they must position at home and take care of, as a symbol of their new tasks.

As the couple exits the ceremony hall, they are presented with a towel that has been nicely decorated. They are supposed to step on it and superstition says that whoever steps on it first heads the household.

Once the wedding celebrations are over, it is common for the newlyweds to spend a few days at their parents ‘ houses. They are showered with gifts and pampered by their family and friends. During this time it is customary to play some light- hearted games like putting a towel on their heads and running through the house or throwing salt at each other. This helps to relax the atmosphere and prepare for their married life.

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