Filipino Wedding Superstitions

Click here to read about Filipino wedding traditions.

Just like any other cultures in the world, Filipinos have also developed superstitions that are related to marriage and weddings. So let's go through some of them together.

Pre-colonial customs include the groom or bride avoiding travel beforehand to prevent accidents from happening.

The bride must not wear pearls as these are similar to tears.

A procession of men holding bolos (a large knfe) and musicians playing agongs (small and big gongs) must be done to shoo away bad luck. This march was also done after the ceremony until the newly-wed couple reaches their abode.

Similar to the the agong procession, breaking plates during the wedding reception, in order to dispel bad luck.

Spanish colonisers introduced new beliefs to the Philippines, with particular concern over banning activities that may cause broken marriages, sadness and regret. Wedding gowns cannot be worn in advance.

Black-coloured clothing during the ceremony is not allowed and sharp objects such as knives cannot be given as gifts.

As if a typhoon happening on your wedding day is not disastrous enough, it also means it's an ill omen.

After the ceremony, the bride should walk ahead of her husband or step on his foot to prevent being dominated by him.

An accidentally dropped ring, veil, or arrhae (money) will cause marital misery.

Superstitious beliefs on good fortune include showering the married couple with uncooked rice, as this wishes them a prosperous life together.

In addition, a single woman who will follow the footsteps of a newly married couple may enhance her opportunity to become a bride herself. lol Imagine all the single ladies stalking and following the bride and grooms.

Siblings are not permitted to marry within the calendar year as this is considered bad luck. The remedy to this belief, called sukob, is to have the one marrying later pass through the back entrance of the church instead of its main doors.
As a side note, before I met Jhon, I actually had watched a Filipino horror movie called Sukob. It was real scary (at that time) but the pirated movie I watched lacked of subtitles so I was a little confused. But it was an interesting watch.

All info are extracted by Wikipedia [link]

Obviously, the younger generation don't believe in such things and only applies to the older generation. Luckily, although Jhon's parents do believe in some of the superstitions, they are pretty open minded. They accepted me as a Muslim and Jhon to be a Muslim when they are devoted Catholics already speaks volumes so what is some superstitions right?


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