Did you know that only 10% of young couples abstain from sex until their wedding night.
In some African tribes there is a custom: on the wedding night, the groom knocks out the bride's two upper teeth. This becomes a kind of symbol of marriage. Toothless women are proud of their smiles, free women shyly cover their mouths.
In the Philippines, during the first marriage, there is a custom of abstinence. That is, at a wedding, you can drink and walk with the guests without fear that a child, pumped up with alcohol from the blood of his parents, will be born defective.
In some peoples of Mexico, Peru and Brazil, newlyweds abstain from sexual intercourse for several weeks - until the new moon. (With the same purpose - to help the body cope with intoxication before conception).
In Samoa, young people are required to spend their first night meeting with sleeping relatives. To love each other? You are welcome! But only quietly. God forbid waking someone up - the groom will be beaten.
The newlyweds of Macedonia are engaged in a fascinating business. Their wedding night is spent fighting for the main wedding trophies - a hat and shoes. Whoever takes possession of them will be the head of the family.
The most fun of all is in the Bahutu tribe in Central Africa (Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda). On their wedding night, it is forbidden to have sex - instead, the newlyweds arrange a scuffle. The ritual beating ends only at dawn, but is repeated the next night, and so - for a whole week. Night battles between spouses last until both understand that they have no anger for the future against each other. Fatalities are extremely rare, but fights sometimes last a week. In the daytime, the newlyweds go to sleep at their parents' homes.
Among the ancient Slavs, one of the brother-in-law (the groom's elder brothers) was placed on the marriage bed with the young, so that if something happened, he would help the youngest to "process" the bride. After all, the extension of the genus was the main goal.
In North Africa, at the beginning of our era, on their wedding night, all guests took turns copulating with the bride, and each guest gave her a specially prepared gift.
Railroad workers in Britain have equipped a "honeymoon compartment" for newlyweds, where you can indulge in love while traveling in good old England.
In India, the ban on intimate relationships during the first three nights after marriage is still in force. It is believed that this could anger the guardian gods of the young girl. Therefore, for three nights between the young lies a stick made of udumbara wood - a symbol of female fertility.
In the Middle Ages, there was the right of the first night. This is when the right to be the first to "test" a girl was given to a man of higher rank on the social ladder: it could be a suzerain or just a master (during the serf period).