Different Cultures – Different Customs pt1

This blog is a series over 3 weeks, so stayed tuned for some fun traditions from all over our wonderful World

Blending of the two cultures - Scottish and Dutch

Blending of the two cultures – Scottish and Dutch

Australia has become a very multicultural society with so many nationalities represented in our communities.  We have certainly moved on from the stereo type Anglo-Saxon heritage days to become a colourful country with many interracial marriages now common.  There comes the blend of two families, with their wedding traditions, which will differ from culture to culture, nation to nation, of which some are actually quite bizarre and hard to explain. Around the world it seems families want the best for the happy couple, warding off any evil spirits or bad luck and wishing them plenty of children in their own particular way. So here’s a little insight into what you may expect:


After the wedding ceremony, friends of the groom take off his socks, tie a rope around the ankles, and start beating soles of his feet with dried fish. This is meant to make the groom stronger before the first wedding night.  Then after the wedding the groom’s parents throw some nuts and plums to the bride, and if the bride takes some nuts she’ll get many sons. If any guests are making gifts of money to the happy couple, then it should be in odd numbers to represent the positive ‘yang’ energy


The bride and groom will drink sake during their ceremony to prepare them for married life. It is not always delicious – it is the same with life – all kind of troubles will appear. But the bride and groom will have to overcome them with spirit of unity present in the ceremony 


There is an old Scottish tradition called “feet washing”. It is held on the eve of a wedding. People gather to wash the feet of a bride-to-be. Before the ceremony the ring belonging to a married woman is put into a tub. The first person who finds the ring is going to be married next

“The first foot” is a person whom the Scottish bride sees first on her way to the wedding. This person gets a coin and some whiskey. He or she must join the bridal procession


On the wedding day Dutch couples plant a Lily-of-the-Valley. This flower should remind them to renew their love as the flower blooms in the spring

Zerschlagenes Porzellan


In Germany, friends of the bride and groom kidnap the bride, and the groom has to find her. The search starts in a local pub. The groom buys a drink for anyone who wants to join him in the search – sounds like a good excuse to drink too!

Germans also have a tradition called “Polterabend”. It is organised on the evening before the wedding. Friends of the bride arrive to her house and break dishes or plates at her front door. It is believed this will bring success in her life. She thanks the friends by inviting them for a glass of wine or some biscuits. On the wedding day in Germany the bride carries some bread and salt in her pocket as a wish for the prosperous life of her new family. The groom carries little bits of grain which symbolise success

More traditions coming next week – stay tuned

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