Balkan Marriage Cultures

The ceremony service, or svozhdane as it is called in Bosnia and herzegovina, has several practices that are a part of the country’s traditions. They reflect the multiethnic context of the state and the sophisticated way of life in it. The bride lasts for three days and nights, and it’s attended by the whole village. Girls and girls help to prepare foods for guests, bake pies and bakery, clear maize in the fields, and sing musical songs. People perform violins and cifteli and throw tobacco to buddies.

Throughout the Balkans, every region and beliefs has its own norms about how a matrimony should appear like. But the ones from the Ottomans are specifically interesting and unusual. We’ll discuss about some of them in this article and give you a taste of what it was to be a bride or groom in the past

A lot of the practices that happen during a Serbian marriage are connected with the belief that bad spirits and demons can good evil means on people. That is the reason why a bridal service had to be packed with elements that may safeguard the partners from their evil eyes. There were also extra beliefs that had to be followed, depending on the area. For instance, in Montenegro, it was a practice to step over a carpet that had been covered in weaponry since this was supposed to guarantee that the newlyweds may had adult babies.

A classic custom right from Kosovo is the comb and plaiting rite, or” Kolaanja”. It’s performed by girls and is accompanied with specially dedicated melodies. Once it’s over, the groom is shaved.

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