City on a grain of salt. Tuzla means a place of salt and it lays on top of the salt lake. It is suspected it has been there for around 7000 years as one of the oldest places in Europe.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Wedding of the day

In Bosnia, the wedding ritual is to ornate the cars with flowers, then after the ceremony the bride, the groom and the guests sit in the cars and drive to the place where the celebration is to start.
To let everyone know that they have just got married all the cars play the horns. Very loudly.
We came across one such wedding parade today. The celebration goes long into the night, and there is lots of drinking and eating good Bosnian food on the menu.
Children from the families help with seating the guests and so earn some money for their efforts. At the end of the day, everybody is happy: the guests are drunk and well fed, kids are a little richer and the newly weds happy to start a life together.


Blogger Anne said...

Thanks for sharing! I love hearing wedding traditions from other countries...most are very similar but distict in their own ways =)

12 August, 2006 03:03  
Blogger Kala said...

thats interesting the horns must create quite a stir in the neighborhoods they pass - I wonder where they will go for honeymoon =)

13 August, 2006 11:43  
Blogger Jazzy said...

Anne thanx for stopping by.

Kala - Hawai'i wouldn't be a bad choice.

13 August, 2006 14:57  
Blogger Ovelikios said...

I was driving in Kosovo on Sunday the 6th, I came across 5 or 6 such wedding parades. It was a nice sight.

In Greece it's customary too to horn, but only the car that brings the bride to the church.

18 August, 2006 14:30  
Blogger Jazzy said...

hi Ovelikios!
It's great that you're traveling around Balkans and experiencing different customs..

i'm catching up with previous posts...

28 August, 2006 09:31  

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