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Polish Wedding Traditions

 Polish wedding

In this photograph, taken in Gorzów, Lubuskie, you can see the bride and groom immediately after the ceremony being congratulated by all the guests. Wedding guests line up, shake hands and kiss, give their best wishes, and gifts in turn.

Polish weddings are not dissimilar to Christian weddings all over the world. However, there are a number of wedding traditions which might not be seen at weddings in every country. An example of this might be that during the church ceremony it is tradition that the bride cries. If she doesn't tradition has it that she will cry throughout her married life. At the wedding reception, the parents of the bride and groom, greet the newly married couple with bread, sprinkled with salt and a goblet of wine (or in some families, vodka!). The parents then kiss the newly married couple as a sign of welcome, love and unity. 

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