Man And Wife

Man And Wife, originally uploaded by Josh and Julie.

Standing in front of the groom’s family’s house for the first time as man and wife, the bride symbolically kicks over a bucket of water in front of the door, demonstrating the cleansing of the house.

This custom, along with the custom of spreading butter or oil over the door frame as the couple enter the house for the first time, is not exclusive to Muslim villages in the Middle East. These cultural traditions, as far as I have seen, are not only dictated by religion; they are also found in historically Jewish or Christian areas.

Wedding celebration in a Turkish village near Konya.

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