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Russian Traditions For Marriages

Jun 26, 2008
Russian families have been becoming more liberal day by day when it comes to blessing on the wedding day. Before it was compulsory that the couple do get permission from their parents but now it no longer is the same. Even though the tradition has been changing, there are a few that you need to stick to.

Russian marriages are a distinct experience. Wherever you meet the Russian bride, be it on the streets or marriage agency, you ought to learn certain basic things about Russian culture and the traditions that are followed by them.

In the olden days of Russia it was quite usual for the bride and groom to be "promised" to each other at a very early age. They would actually spend their wedding getting to know each other. It was the family and the parents who made the decision that they would get married, not the young man or woman.

The Russian system of promised marriages began changing in the nineteen sixties. Dating was allowed during this time, but any sexual contact before the wedding was forbidden and severe punishments were given if they found out.

It was perfectly acceptable for the man to visit and get to know the bride's family before asking permission to marry the woman. When he did the father either approved it or did not approve it, and if he did, the woman was then expected to knead bread and take it to her future in-laws. This showed her modesty and ability to be a good wife.

Purchasing a bride was in no way an offense. It is practiced even today. It is however being considered a tradition than an act of trade. Bidding on a woman is done by the man. He offers as much as money and presents that he can to her family. Practices such as this were just done to show that the man will be able to support the woman. A good life after the marriage and no greed was the bottom line of this act.

If the bride's family is against the marriage in any way it didn't mean that it was impossible for her to get married, but it was more of a challenge. There was a solution that is a tradition called "Stealing". Today it might sound funny to some, but as of a century ago stealing girls was considered a profession. Young men worked out all the plans to trick the family members who were refusing to allow the marriage.

Men were helped by their family and friends circle. This could happen only with his fullest co-operation of the bride. In the mid night, she would escape with her man of love, showing the rebellious nature of Russian women. They are ready to leave all that they cherished, behind, their parents and also when it is love and affection that is considered.

Signing of the papers was to be done along with taking vows according to the tradition of Russian marriages. The vows had to be taken in front of the almighty. This was done to show that they did care for their religion and also wanted to prove that they did not get married just for legal purposes.

Half an hour was required for the ceremonies if they were done in the orthodox way. They possibly went on for about four hours if it included chants and traditional acts. The modern couples do prefer the short ceremonies instead of the long ones. Once the ceremony is done, the whole lot of people make a move to a family house or a restaurant and indulge in happiness, drinking and delicious meals.
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