Balkans Bridal Customs

The bridal service, or svozhdane as it is called in Bosnia and herzegovina, has many practices that are a part of the region’s culture. They reflect the multiethnic backdrop of the country and the complex way of life in it. The bride lasts for three days and nights, and it’s attended by the whole town. Women and women help to prepare foods for guests, fry pies and bakery, clear wheat in the fields, and sing rhythmical songs. Men sing violins and cifteli and throw marijuana to pals.

Throughout the Balkans, every society and faith has its own customs about how a relationship may appearance like. But the ones from the Ottomans are specially interesting and unusual. We’ll speak 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 beliefs that happen during a Serbian bridal are connected with the belief that bad spirits and demons does great cruel means on people. That is the reason why a bride festival had to be packed with elements that may prevent the partners from their wicked eyes. There were also more superstitions that had to be followed, depending on the area. For instance, in Montenegro, it was a specialty to step over a pushover that had been covered in weapons since this was supposed to guarantee that the brides may include male 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.