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Wedding is a significant event in everyone’s life, and some might shock you. We know that wedding is the celebration of love between two people as it is the day when friends and family come together and watch two people unite in love and life forever. Well, weddings are something to celebrate worldwide, and everyone loves them. However, different countries where the traditions are so unusual and weird that we have never heard of. Some of these traditions are lighthearted and funny, as for the others are taken very seriously and not to be mocked.

Here are some unusual wedding traditions from around the world:

Scotland – In Scotland, the night before the wedding, the bride and groom are ”kidnapped” by their friends, bound and blackened. Well, not precisely blackened, but covered in soot, custard, molasses, and flour before taken on a parade around the town. This prenuptial tradition involves a huge amount of booze. Though it does not sound like the dream wedding, there is a reason why they follow this tradition – the blackening is supposed to ward off evils before the couple tied the knot. This tradition is still widely followed by almost everyone.

India – A very traditional custom is for the bride’s sisters and cousins to hide the groom’s shoes when he arrives at their wedding. Indian traditions demand that shows to be removed at the mandap entrance or altar where the marriage is solemnized, and that is when the groom’s shoes are ”stolen”. It is a battle of wits and ingenuity between the bride’s family, which does its best to steal the shoes, and the groom’s family trying to protect them at all costs. There is much laughter and teasing. If the bride’s relatives succeed in stealing the shoes, the poor groom must shell out whatever amount the girls demand to get his footwear back.

Germany – Shattering many porcelain or glass dishes before the wedding is a long-held German tradition. The bride and groom have to clean up the mess themselves. The belief behind this seemingly destructive act is that it will bring the couple good luck. Another custom more common in Germany’s villages is ”kidnapping the bride” by friends of both the bride and the groom, and having the groom to hunt for her. The third custom is ”log sawing” in which a log is placed between two sawhorses, and both the newlyweds have to work together to saw it in half.

Poland – In keeping with an ancient Polish tradition, the groom and his parents arrive at the bride’s house before the wedding, where both sets of parents bless the couple. Another quaint old custom is to prepare ”passing gates” that leads to the newlyweds’ reception venue. The gatekeepers ”bribe” their way through by offering vodka to the ”gate keepers”. The parents accord the newlywed couple a warm welcome with the traditional bread and salt at the reception gate. While the bread signifies prosperity, salt represents life’s hardship, which the couple will face together.

Sweden – Two customs dominate a Swedish wedding – coins in the bride’s shoes and kissing the guests. Her father places a silver coin in her left shoe while a gold coin from her mother is placed in her right shoe, symbolizing that she will never want. At the wedding reception, the guests await an opportunity to kiss either the bride or the groom, sometimes both of the stars are favorable! If the groom goes out of the room for a while, all the male guests get to kiss the bride, and vice versa – all in a queue, though.

France – The French have a wedding night prank that goes by the name of ”Chiverie”. In this, the newlyweds’ friends and relatives gather outside their room and get busy clanging and banging assorted pots and pans. The din is intended to disturb the resting couple and have them come out in their wedding attire. They are then expected to provide refreshments to the ”trespassers”.

Do you want to be surprised by something that is just beyond any explanation? Do you want to question people’s ability to surprise you with something out of the ordinary? Well, hold onto your horses, because here are some amazing sculptures that will surely take your breath away, like literally! Be prepared!

  • Mustangs by Robert Glen, Texas, USA – This sculpture commemorates the wild mustangs that were historically important inhabitants of Texas. Portraying a group at 1.5 times of the life-size, the Mustangs are sculptured running through a watercourse, with fountains giving the effect of water splashed by the animals’ hooves. The sculpture dominates the space in terms of the scale of the surrounding. You surely don’t want to miss that!
  • People Of The River by Chong Fah Cheong, Singapore – A renowned Singaporean sculptor, this man is known for many public sculptures in Singapore. He works in different styles, ranging from abstract to figurative. This sculpture of People Of The River is considered one of his best works. Don’t miss that when in Singapore!
  • Expansion by Paige Bradley, New York USA – Representing a woman meditating in lotus position with her body cracking to reveal an inner light. This unique sculpture communicates the perfect message to look beyond your body and social structures in order to discover oneself. Sculpted by Paige Bradley, she is known for her philosophical extensions and her works are always remarkable. The Expansion is a piece of sculpture that can be interpreted in different ways. So give it a thought and look when in New York!
  • Black Ghost, Klaipeda, Lithuania – Known as the Juodasis Vaiduoklis, this sculpture of 7.8 feet in height casts an eerie vibe, especially at night. Sculpted by Svajunas Jurkus and Sergejus Plotnikovas, this mysterious figure holds a lantern in one hand as his sinister fingers grip the dock. This sculpture is partly dedicated to the mysterious ghost that saved Klaipeda from an impending famine. The Black Ghost warned them that their stock would soon run low and disappeared, making the Black Ghost a friendly spirit. It is a must visit when in Lithuania.
  • Les Voyageurs by Bruno Catalano, Marseilles France – The beautifully imperfect bronze sculpture describes realistic human workers with large parts of their bodies missing. Bruno Catalano, the sculptor, presented the ten life-sized sculpture at the port of Marseilles.
  • The Monument Of An Anonymous Passerby in Wroclaw, Poland – Walking down the streets of Wroclaw in Poland, you might encounter theses mystical looking statues of people coming out of the ground. Dedicated to the memoirs of the anticommunist activity in 1981 where people fell under the ground in the time of martial law. The monument was unveiled on the 24th anniversary of the martial law during the night of 12 to 13 December 2006.
  • Guardians of Time, Stonehenge UK – Sculpted by the Austrian Manfred Kielnhofer. This contemporary art sculpture relates to the idea that since the beginning of time mankind has had protectors, both for historic and mystical reasons. Manfred showcased the natural human desire for security in these sculptures. It is true that his works captivate its audience.
  • The giant of Monterosso, La Spezia, Italy Located near the beach of Fegina, the Giant of Monterosso is built by the Italian sculptor Arrigo Minerbi and the architect Francesco Levacher. The impressive sculpture is 14 meters high and stands on the promontory as a decoration of the luxurious Villa Pastine. The sculpture has been damaged during World War 2 and also by the heavy seas. Yet it still is one of the most beautiful and amazing sculptures.
  • Nelson Mandela, South Africa – 56 miles south of Durban, just outside Howick, the Face of Freedom sculpture was unveiled on 5th of August 2012. A work by Marco Cianfanelli, this sculpture is made from 50 steel charcoal columns whereby the head of Mandela is created when viewed from a certain angle. This sculpture is seriously one of South Africa’s most prized sculptures.
  • The Caring Hands, Glarus Switzerland – Grossly underestimated, this work by Eva Oertli and Beaht Huber is small yet stunningly beautiful. This sculpture sends the message of environmental responsibility and care. Mostly ignored by people, this sculpture is located in one of the only two towns in Switzerland where direct democracy is practiced.
  • Monumental Mihai Eminescu, Romania One of Romania’s famous and romantic poet, Mihai Eminescu’s sculpture is the world’s most creative statues and sculptures. As a tribute to this great poet, Romanian currency has his picture.
  • De Vaartkapoen, Brussels, Belgium – A humorous state of a policeman being tripped by a man hiding in the sewer manhole is one of the most iconic sculptures you can witness in Belgium. Erected in 1985, De Vaartkapoen literally means channel rascal. Its origins are from the workers in the docks who long ago rose in strong protests against the government.

So which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section!

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