Ukrainian Ceremony Practices

A Ukrainian ceremony is an occasion that combines both national and religious beliefs. It is a big, elaborate festival with many meaningful rites and customs

The ceremony begins with the proper engagement, when the bridegroom goes to the bride's parents ( for similar- sex or genderqueer couples this is done with both sets of parents ) with a bottle of horilka asking for her hand in marriage. The groom's community and older married gentlemen called starosty follow him If the parents accept the relationship, the wedding drapes a rushnyk around her hubby- to- been and they all drink horilka along.

Before the temple service, the bride and groom receive riches from their relatives and guardians during a standard ceremony known as Blahoslovenja. They arrow and trade displays, such as bridal food called korovai that embodies existence and fertility. During this part of the ceremony, it is also common to provide the pair with a set of theological symbols that they must place at home and take care of, as a symbol of their novel responsibilities.

As the couple exits the ceremony hall, they are presented with a towel that has been nicely decorated. They are supposed to step on it and superstition says that whoever steps on it first heads the household.

Once the wedding celebrations are over, it is common for the newlyweds to spend a few days at their parents ' houses. They are showered with gifts and pampered by their family and friends. During this time it is customary to play some light- hearted games like putting a towel on their heads and running through the house or throwing salt at each other. This helps to relax the atmosphere and prepare for their married life.