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Wedding Customs By Country
CONTENTS* 1 African customs * 1.1 Ethiopia * 1.2 Kikuyu * 1.3 Nigeria * 1.4 Pygmy wedding traditions * 1.5 Somali wedding traditions * 2 Middle Eastern customs * 2.1 Arabic customs * 2.2 Iranian customs * 2.3 Israeli customs * 3 European customs * 3.1 English customs * 3.2 Scottish customs * 3.3 Celtic Handfasting * 3.4 Finnish customs * 3.5 French customs * 3.6 German customs * 3.7 Greek customs * 3.8 Italian customs * 3.9 Polish customs * 3.10 Romanian customs * 3.11 Russian customs * 3.12 Swedish customs * 3.13 Albanian customs * 4 South Asian customs * 4.1 Bengali wedding
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Toast (honor)
A TOAST is a ritual in which a drink is taken as an expression of HONOR or GOODWILL. The term may be applied to the person or thing so honored, the drink taken, or the verbal expression accompanying the drink. Thus, a person could be "the toast of the evening," for whom someone "proposes a toast" to congratulate and for whom a third person "toasts" in agreement. The ritual forms the basis of the literary and performance genre, of which Mark Twain's "To the Babies" is a well-known example. The toast as described here is rooted in Western culture
Western culture
, but certain cultures outside that sphere have their own traditions in which consuming a drink is connected with ideas of celebration and honor. While the physical and verbal ritual of the toast may be elaborate and formal, merely raising one's glass towards someone or something and then drinking is essentially a toast as well, the message being one of goodwill towards the person or thing indicated
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Céilidh
A CèILIDH ( Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic
pronunciation: ) or CéILí (Irish pronunciation: ) is a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering. In its most basic form, it simply means a social visit. In contemporary usage, it usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing , either at a house party or a larger concert at a social hall or other community gathering place. Cèilidhean (plural of cèilidh) and Céilithe (plural of céilí) originated in the Gaelic areas of Scotland
Scotland
and Ireland
Ireland
and are consequently common in the Scottish and Irish diasporas . They are similar to the Troyl and Twmpath traditions in Cornwall
Cornwall
and Wales, as well as English country dances throughout England where they have in some areas undergone a fusion with céilithe
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Flower Bouquet
A FLOWER BOUQUET is a collection of flowers in a creative arrangement. Flower
Flower
bouquets can be arranged for the decor of homes or public buildings, or may be handheld. Handheld bouquets are classified by several different popular shapes and styles, including nosegay , crescent, and cascading bouquets. Flower
Flower
bouquets are often given for special occasions such as birthdays or anniversaries . They are also used extensively in weddings . Bouquets arranged in vases or planters for home decor can be arranged in either traditional or modern styles. Symbolism may be attached to the types of flowers used, according to the culture
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Garter (stockings)
GARTERS are articles of clothing : narrow bands of fabric fastened about the leg, used to keep up stockings , and sometimes socks . In the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, they were tied just below the knee, where the leg is most slender, to keep the stocking from slipping. The advent of elastic has made them less necessary from this functional standpoint, although they are still often worn for fashion . Garters have been widely worn by men and women, depending on fashion trends
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Scottish Country Dance
A SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE (SCD) is a form of social dance involving groups of couples of dancers tracing progressive patterns according to a predetermined choreography . Country dancing is sometimes mistaken for a type of folk dancing, but it is actually the ballroom dance form of Scotland, as its original base of dancers was from the more educated and wealthy classes of the Renaissance
Renaissance
. When it first became popular around the 18th century it was as a shorter, quicker form of dance that was a light relief from the more courtly dances normally danced. Derived from early British forms of Country dancing , SCD is related to English country dancing , contra dancing , cèilidh dancing , Old time dancing and Irish set dancing due to the combination of some of these dance forms in early Country dance forms and later cross-over introduced by their overlapping influences via dancers and dance masters
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Music Of Scotland
Scotland
Scotland
is internationally known for its traditional music, which remained vibrant throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, when many traditional forms worldwide lost popularity to pop music. In spite of emigration and a well-developed connection to music imported from the rest of Europe and the United States , the MUSIC OF SCOTLAND has kept many of its traditional aspects; indeed, it has itself influenced many forms of music. Many outsiders associate Scottish folk music
Scottish folk music
almost entirely with the Great Highland Bagpipe , which has long played an important part in Scottish music. Although this particular form of bagpipe developed exclusively in Scotland, it is not the only Scottish bagpipe, and other bagpiping traditions remain across Europe
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Western Culture
WESTERN CULTURE, sometimes equated with WESTERN CIVILIZATION, OCCIDENTAL CULTURE, the WESTERN WORLD, WESTERN SOCIETY, EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION, or JUDEO-GRECO-CHRISTIAN CIVILIZATION, is a term used very broadly to refer to a heritage of social norms , ethical values , traditional customs , belief systems , political systems and specific artifacts and technologies that have some origin or association with Europe
Europe
. The term also applies beyond Europe, to countries and cultures whose histories are strongly connected to Europe
Europe
by immigration, colonization, or influence. For example, Western Culture includes countries in the Americas
Americas
and Australasia , whose language and demographic ethnicity majorities are currently European
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Protestantism
PROTESTANTISM is the second largest form of Christianity
Christianity
with collectively more than 900 million adherents worldwide or nearly 40% of all Christians
Christians
. It originated with the Reformation , a movement against what its followers considered to be errors in the Roman Catholic Church
Catholic Church
. Ever since, Protestants reject the Roman Catholic
Catholic
doctrine of papal supremacy and sacraments , but disagree among themselves regarding the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist
Eucharist
. They emphasize the priesthood of all believers , justification by faith alone (sola fide) rather than by good works , and the highest authority of the Bible
Bible
alone (rather than with sacred tradition ) in faith and morals (sola scriptura )
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Catholic Church
The CATHOLIC CHURCH, also known as the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, is the largest Christian church , with more than 1.29 billion members worldwide. As one of the oldest religious institutions in the world, it has played a prominent role in the history and development of Western civilisation . Headed by the Bishop of Rome
Rome
, known as the Pope
Pope
, the church's doctrines are summarised in the Nicene Creed
Nicene Creed
. Its central administration, the Holy See
Holy See
, is in the Vatican City
Vatican City
, enclaved within Rome
Rome
, Italy
Italy

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Something Old
"SOMETHING OLD" is the first line of a traditional rhyme which details what a bride should wear at her wedding for good luck : Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe. The old item provided protection for the baby to come. The item borrowed from another happy bride provided good luck. The colour blue was a sign of fidelity . The sixpence — a silver British coin — was a symbol of prosperity or acted as a ward against evil done by frustrated suitors . The superstition is known since 1883 when it was attributed to the county of Lancashire
Lancashire

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Marriage In Scotland
MARRIAGE IN SCOTLAND is recognised in the form of both civil and religious unions between individuals. Historically, the law of marriage has developed differently in Scotland
Scotland
to other jurisdictions in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
as a consequence of the differences in Scots law and role of the separate established Church of Scotland . These differences led to a tradition of couples from England
England
and Wales eloping to Scotland, most famously to marry at border towns such as Gretna Green . The legal minimum age to enter into a marriage in Scotland
Scotland
is sixteen years and does not require parental consent at any age
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Church (building)
A CHURCH BUILDING, often simply called a CHURCH, is a building used for Christian
Christian
religious activities, particularly for worship services. The term in its architectural sense is most often used by Christians to refer to their religious buildings, but it is sometimes used (by analogy) to refer to buildings of other religions . In traditional Christian
Christian
architecture , the church is often arranged in the shape of a Christian
Christian
cross . When viewed from plan view the longest part of a cross is represented by the aisle and the junction of the cross is located at the altar area
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Register Office
A REGISTER OFFICE, much more commonly REGISTRY OFFICE (except in official use), is a British government office where births , deaths and marriages are officially recorded and civil marriages take place. It is the local civil registry office. There is no direct equivalent in the USA, but the bureaus of vital statistics perform some similar tasks. CONTENTS * 1 England and Wales
England and Wales
* 2 Ireland * 3 References * 4 See also * 5 External links ENGLAND AND WALESIn England and Wales
England and Wales
, register offices record births, marriages and deaths and conduct civil marriage and partnership ceremonies. Set up by Act of Parliament in 1837, the statutory registration service is overseen by the Registrar General as part of the General Register Office , part of the Home Office
Home Office
Identity and Passport Service but provided locally by local authorities
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Bagpipes
BAGPIPES are a wind instrument using enclosed reeds fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of a bag. Though the Scottish Great Highland bagpipes are the best known in the Anglophone world , bagpipes have been played for a millennium or more throughout large parts of Europe
Europe
, northern Africa , and western Asia , including Turkey
Turkey
, the Caucasus
Caucasus
, and around the Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf
. The term bagpipe is equally correct in the singular or plural, though pipers usually refer to the bagpipes as "the pipes", "a set of pipes" or "a stand of pipes"
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Gift
A GIFT or a PRESENT is an item given to someone without the expectation of payment or return. An item is not a gift, if that item, itself, is already owned by the one to whom it is given. Although gift-giving might involve an expectation of reciprocity, a gift is meant to be free. In many countries, the act of mutually exchanging money , goods , etc. may sustain social relations and contribute to social cohesion. Economists have elaborated the economics of gift-giving into the notion of a gift economy . By extension the term gift can refer to anything that makes the other happier or less sad, especially as a favor, including forgiveness and kindness . Gifts are also first and foremost presented on occasions - birthdays and, in Western cultures, Christmas
Christmas
being the main examples and other occasions like birthdays
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