It’s a crazy typical tradition…

A Turkish Wedding


We all know those traditions that seem so common and normal within our own culture but once we share our experiences everyone else seems to raise their eyebrows. Given Maastricht’s international character, the Scope Blog decided to hit the streets and discover these somewhat strange stories.

Giving an insight on this week’s custom is first year International Business student; Didem Aksakal. She was born and raised in Germany but has a fully Turkish background.

Is there a tradition that is celebrated rather different in your culture?

Well there is maybe one and that would have to be a Turkish Wedding. What makes its special is that when the guy wants to ask for his girlfriends hand of marriage he would first have to go over to the (hopefully later) brides house. There he awaits all of the bride’s family. The bride in turn has to serve Turkish coffee, which is either mixed with sugar or with salt. All of the family members will get a cup of coffee and no one knows which flavour they will get. The groom will, as a joke, receive the cup of coffee mixed with salt as a way to welcome him into the family.

That is certainly a way to win your in-laws over! I have always heard that Turkish weddings have huge bridal parties. Is this also actually the case?

Of course it depends from wedding to wedding but overall I would say that there are at least 200 people attending the actual wedding. However, it is also completely normal if this is around 400 plus. This is because even very distant family members get invited too and randomly on the day decide to join.

Well that clearly is a big party then! Are there any other festive activities that take place on that special day?

ttwOnce the wedding reception is at full speed it is not uncommon for everyone to start dancing. And by that, I mean everyone. Also, at some point the bride and groom will stand in front of all the guests   and they will come up to the newlyweds and either place gold foil or money on their clothes to wish them all the best for the future.

Do you also have a somewhat weird tradition and want to share this with the rest of our readers? Let us know by commenting in the box below and take the chance to get featured on the Scope Blog!

Written by: Valérie de Saegher


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