October 2013 archive

Weddings in different countries

Even in the oldest times when two persons were getting married their customs and cultures played big role when it was connected with wedding ceremonials. These wedding rituals keep the tradition and as time passes by the families have the chance to celebrate their ancestors, origin and religion.           

In many countries these traditions are ignored, but still there are people who want to celebrate their marriage with some old songs, activities, food right on their wedding day.

Iran

There is one symbolic game that is very interesting on Iranian weddings and it is called “Sofreh –ye-Aghd”, it is a collection of objects which are thrown on the floor in a luxury sheet which is often given from mother to daughter.  Two chandeliers are placed on the sheet and they symbolize the bright future of the couple that need to married.

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Seven herbs and spices keep the spiritual weal of the bride and the groom, also a copy of the holy book is placed in the middle to bless the couple.

Tunis

Weddings in Tunis are very interesting, they last for few days. The couple sits on a throne during the ceremony. Even though the customs vary because of the different religions, the bride is always sent by the family and friends with beautiful songs. Often the night before the wedding the bride is dressed in a heavy golden dress on which there are forms of fishes or the hand of Fatma, daughter of Muhammad.

Japan

San-San-Kudo is a familiar festivity. During the ceremony called Shinto, the bride and the groom, and the parents drink three sips from three golden goblets. This ritual connects the two families in union.

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Mexico

In the Mexican tradition the couple is bonded with lariat. They are bonded in form of the number eight on their shoulders. In the end of the ceremony the lariat is taken off and is given to the bride, she needs to keep it as an amulet for happy marriage.

Bitola the Juwel of Macedonia

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Bitola is a city situated in the southwest part of Macedonia. It is also known as the city of consuls because here you can find many of the consulates from all around the world. Bitola is the third biggest city in Macedonia.
In Bitola you can find many attractions and places to visit. One of the most interesting things is the ancient city called Heraclea, it is believed that in this ancient city was raised Philip the second, who was a father of Alexander III the Macedon. In Heraclea you can find many ancient buildings and amazing mosaics.

Other interesting places in Bitola are the covered bazaar called Bezisten. It is believed that was built in the 16th century. Today’s Bezisten is almost the same as it was few centuries ago and has 86 shops and 4 big iron gates.

                Now we can speak about one of the most interesting places and buildings that you can visit and that is of course the Clock Tower. It is not really known when this clock was built but it is believed that originates somewhere from the 16th century. Other say that it was built at the same time with the church St.Dimitria that was built in 1830. According to the legend, the tower was built by the ottomans and it was built with eggs and stones. The tower has a square shape and it is tall about 30 meters. This tower is the biggest symbol for Bitola and it is located in the center of the city, or in the middle of the central city park.

And the last thing that must be mentioned about Bitola is the street called “Marshal Tito” better known as “ShirokSokak”. It is the most frequent street in Bitola. In the past was made for cars, but today is only for pedestrians. It is full with coffee shops and boutiques. This street starts from the park where the clock tower is located and ends at the beginning of the other park in Bitola.

                Bitola has many treasures and it is a must visit place in Macedonia.

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