Many countries have managed to retain at least a few ancient wedding traditions which results in stronger cultural identity for the nation. Australia is no exception to these ceremonial beliefs. But these traditions are not seen in many weddings since many are unaware of its existence of string quartet. Thus, they are listed below in order to enlighten you.
The Smoking Ceremony
No, this not where the groom smokes takes a fag with the best-man to calm his nerves. This is more of a religious ritual. The Australian ancestors believed that smoke had healing and cleansing abilities. It was used to heal people when they were sick and were also used to cast off evil spirits. This tradition can be seen in weddings of families of old in Australia. They use either a smudge stick or burn a plant to create a fire and fan the smoke over the couple to cleanse them.
Acknowledging the Land
The couple has to acknowledge the owners of the land and those who visited the wedding personally. This includes going to each visitor in person and thanking them for their presence instead of the usual where the visitors come to congratulate you. This journey of gratitude is accompanied by wedding ceremony music. Before, it was played from drums but now it has been adapted into a more serene tune of flutes and guitars. Completing this ritual is believed to bring good luck to couple and allow them to begin their marriage in a positive way.
The Stone Ceremony
The early migrants in Australia were not able to afford fancy- or even ordinary- wedding rings. Therefore, they came up with a tradition in which the couple walks to a river for a beautiful wedding ceremony music and cast two stones into the river. This is supposed to be a symbolic representation of the couple’s deep unity and understanding in their marriage life, while the river represents continuous flowing of problems.
Though this tradition is not specific to Australia, it is seen in almost all the Australian weddings. After the ceremony, the guests shower the bride and the groom with rice as the couples leave the venue. It is believed that rice symbolizes a full pantry, and thus blessing the couple with a handful is supposed to bring them fertility and luck.
But they have lost their value and originality over the years and are not followed by many. Therefore, make sure to spread them across to bring them back to life.