Ukrainian wedding traditionsFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to navigation Jump to searchUkrainian weddingis the traditionalmarriageceremony inUkrainian culture, both inUkraineand in theUkrainian diaspora. The traditional Ukrainian wedding featured a richassortment offolk musicand singing, dancing, and visual art, with rituals dating back to thepre-Christian era. Over time, the ancientpagantraditions andsymbolswere integrated intoChristianones.Contents•1 Traditional wedding ritualso1.1 Betrothalo1.2 Ceremonyo1.3 Veselliao1.4 Features•2 Traditional songs•3 Locations•4 Funerals•5 Weddings in Literature•6 References•7 External linksTraditional wedding ritualsBetrothalThis sectiondoes notciteanysources. Please helpimprove this sectionbyadding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged andremoved.(February 2021) (Learn how and when to remove this templatemessage)Ivan Kupala Day–On the eve of the celebration ofIvan Kupala Dayvillage folks wouldroam through the forests in search ofpaporotflower, an elusive and magical flower thatbrings great wealth. Unmarried women, wearing aUkrainian wreath, would be the first toenter the forest. They are followed by young men. If the couple comes out with the youngman wearing the girl's wreath, they are engaged to be married.Paying the ransom–The groom must go to the bride's parents' house and offer a ransomto get his bride. The bridesmaids protect the bride from getting "stolen" without a ransom.
First, the groom offers something valuable, usually money or jewellery for the bride. Theparents of the bride bring out a woman or man dressed as the bride and covered with aveil,so the groom can't see her face. When the groom realizes that it is not his bride, he asks forhis true love, and the family demands a bigger ransom because she is valuable. Once theransom is negotiated, the bride's family offers the bride to the groom.