wedding rites, fun and frolic, were to simple folk’s liking and enjoyment,
as every tradition or sign had very interesting and important roots traced
back to the old days. All the amazing traditions are a must of the holiday
and impart special beauty and charm to the Russian wedding.
We'll talk only about
the traditions, which are still alive in Russian society. The bride’s
dress will serve as a beginning. The dress, itself, usually was made from
white fabric that is believed to be the color of joy, the symbol of purity
and chastity. However, some historians are inclined to consider white
color of a wedding dress mournful, as the bride went from her own family
to a strange one, as if she dies for her kin. However, modern brides
choose not only white wedding dresses, but also fashionable red, cream or
Wedding shoes served
the symbol of the bride’s thrift and willingness to be a good housekeeper,
as she was supposed to buy the shoes from her savings.
wedding attribute is a bridal veil. Earlier the veil meant a simple thick
shawl that closed the face tightly. It was forbidden to see the bride and
the violation leaded to various misfortunes and even untimely death.
Therefore the newlyweds touched each other only through the veil and
didn’t eat or drink anything during the wedding. The bridal veil also
served the protection from evil spirits and the devil. Sad wedding songs
drove the girl to tears, even if she married her beloved one. The reason
was simple – she was leaving her home and giving herself at the husband’s
The bride should be
constantly surrounded with bridesmaids, single girls, who had to accompany
her to the church. Their principal task was to distract evil spirits, so
they wore dresses similar to the bridal one. But what is the wedding
without wedding pie? Bread at all times has been the symbol of abundance,
rich life and luck (earlier was baked a huge wedding pie - kournik) and
that’s why a just married couple is met at home with “salt and bread”.
The kiss of the bride
and groom deserves special attention. In old times there was a legend that
during the kiss the souls of two loving people are brought together. And
the ancestors, appreciating spirituality and chastity of young people,
considered the kiss in public as the bond.
At the end of the
wedding party the bride turns back to guests and throws the wedding
bouquet to young women who try to catch it as it means near marriage.