Uzbek couples: talk about divorce before wedding
Today's Uzbek ethnic group continues to follow their traditional customs and etiquettes in marriage. According to their customs, the eldest child should marry first. Younger brothers or sisters shouldn't get married before their elder brothers or sisters.
Marriages between people in the Uzbek ethnic group should include three steps: the marriage proposal, the exchange of betrothal gifts and the wedding ceremony. The first two steps are similar to those of other ethnic groups. But wedding ceremonies of Uzbek people are quite unique with distinctive features.
Moving Bride Ceremony
When the bride arrives at the groom's home, a "moving bride ceremony" will be held there.
For this ceremony, friends and relatives of the bride come to the groom's house to take the bride away from her new home. If the groom is unwilling to let his wife go, he has to bring more gifts to his parents-in-law's in order to "win back" the bride. According to traditions, the bride should hold her mother and cry aloud to show her reluctancy to leave her mother. The bride's father, at this moment, should pray to Allah to bless on his daughter. After the whole process is finished, the bride will happily move to her parents-in-law's home.
This time, the bride will be accompnied by an highly-esteemed old woman from her own family or her sister-in-law to the groom's home. After the groom wins back his bride, his family members will set up a bonfire in the courtyard. The bride is supposed to circle around the fire before stepping on the white cloth which leads into the room. This demonstrates her ending of the age of innocence and her starting of a lifetime love relationship with her husband.
When the bride enters the room, hosts from the groom's side will throw fruit and candy at the guests. Guests will eagerly gather up the fruit and candy in order to express their congratulations towards the newlyweds, wishing them to settle down and start a happy family soon. Those people who have escorted the bride, except the esteemed elder woman, will leave the happy crowd this moment.