Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck, according to Hindu tradition.8. Middle Eastern brides paint henna on their hands and feet to protect themselves from the evil eye. Peas are thrown at Czech newlyweds instead of rice.11.
For good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day. A Swedish bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe to ensure that she'll never do without. A Finnish bride traditionally went door-to-door collecting gifts in a pillowcase, accompanied by an older married man who represented long marriage.13.
I have spent a lot of time attending weddings on both sides of the pond.
The English marriage has lurched from crisis to crisis through the centuries, not least in 'respectable' Victorian times when shortly after the introduction of divorce – three centuries after Scotland and the rest of Protestant Europe – the question of "Is Marriage a Failure?
" prompted 27,000 letters to the Editor of The Daily Telegraph.
If the poor man really is ill, this seems a particularly brutal response on the part of a wife who has allegedly received the sort of sum most people can only dream of in the period since the couple separated.
But then the English marriage has always been mercenary.
But the requirements don't stop there—the 1701 Act of Settlement prohibits royals from marrying Catholics.