At Revas Spa we are passionate about the services we provide, hen Parties being one of them. We decided to create this fun infographic for you and your friends to read through and share. We all know what a typical Irish hen party consists of but are you aware of how other brides celebrate and the customs they are put through on the lead up to their big day? We looked at some of the other traditions practiced from countries around the globe on the lead up to the bride’s big day. Below is what we found.
Starting with Scotland, did you know it was the norm in certain parts of Scotland to “tar and feather” the bride? In some parts of Scotland it is actually normal to give the bride a hard time before her wedding by “blackening” her with sauces, feathers and all manner of sticky things and the parading her around town. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t think many women would see the funny side to that the day before their wedding.
Moving onto Germany, we have an equally nutty tradition. In Germany, it is normal for the bride to be kidnapped while people smash a lot of plates. Why you ask? Stranger things are possible, just keep reading.
Next when you think things could not get any crazier, we have Argentina. Were you aware that in Argentina, the bride to be gets driven around town naked as a way of announcing that she is about to get married? Crazy I know!
In central China, there is a crying tradition whereby the bride begins to cry several days or weeks before the wedding. The mother of the bride to be then joins in, followed by the grandmother, even the aunts and sister have been known to get in on the act. This constant crying can carry on for day’s even weeks.
In Mauritania, located in North West Africa, the bigger the bride the better! The bride is “fattened” up by others through force feeding. Not your typical celebratory practice but a custom associated with this region none the less. While those in Mauritania have been practicing this tradition for years, I’m not so sure Irish brides or any bride other than those located in this region, would be too pleased with this tradition.
Moving onto more conventional traditions, we come to India. In parts of India, a Mehndi party takes place to celebrate the bride to be. A Mehndi party is a tradition that involves the bride covering her arms and legs in henna designs called Mehndi. These designs can often last for weeks which lead us to believe that the bride may in fact wear these designs on her wedding day.
Finally, we come to Ireland and the UK. After reading through all of the above traditions and customs, our traditions must seem a little mundane, however, we all know that can be quite the opposite depending on the group of women you happen to find yourself with. In Ireland and the UK it is all about the hen party and we know how to do it in style. From big nights out to spa treatments to holidays abroad, we know how to spoil ourselves. For most, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
If you enjoyed our infographic please feel free to share it with your friends. We hope you enjoyed reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it.
This infographic was created by David who works at the Woodlands Hotel in Adare. See here for more information.