Registration of a wedding
Practically every weekend on Nikolaev`s streets it is possible to see the beautiful cars decorated with flowers, tapes, rings. In our city motorists give way to them, passersby stop and joyfully look following. Gracefully decorated cars going on the city publish loud joyful beeps. And all know - it there went the cheerful wedding. In this case bright traditional jewelry is peculiar identification marks of a wedding train. And whether you know that tradition to decorate wedding transport with tapes and flowers arose in ancient times?
Modern wedding trains, as a rule, consist of several cars though at desire the groom and the bride can go to the REGISTRY OFFICE and to church in the carriage, by bicycles or even astride. In ancient times the carriage, the cart, the vehicle or sledge (seasonally) were main types of wedding transport. In Russia vehicles on which the groom and the bride with guests went to church called by the wedding train. And carts or sledge there were not less than three.
Since Ancient Russia we were reached by very many aspects of registration of the wedding train or a train, call it as you want. But if for our ancestors all these traditions made magic and sacral sense, and were directed to protection of evil forces, newly married from intervention, then presently everything is reduced only to the esthetic party of a question. Nevertheless, wedding cars decorate also for this purpose to be allocated from a steam of cars. That all saw - the cheerful and noisy wedding goes - and gave way to newlyweds.
From our ancestors - Slavs came to decorate to us custom wedding transport with bright tapes and hand bells. In those days, when the groom and the bride were carried mainly by horses, manes and harnesses could be decorated not only tapes and jingles, added shawls, scarfs, fresh flowers to furniture. The carriage or the cart were covered with various carpets and pillows.
And if the wedding was played for Maslenitsa, then added to above-mentioned embellishments also a doll, by the way, this tradition was fashionable also in Soviet period. A wedding doll the husband and the wife stored all the life, was considered that it is the family charm protecting from adversities, bringing prosperity and health to the house, preserving family love and happiness. Except a doll - a charm the tapes decorating the wedding train also were stored in family chests.
Bright jewelry carried out exclusively “representative“ function, that is drew attention of people to the wedding train. The same function of decoration of the wedding car will be executed and presently. And ringing bells had to frighten off from the groom and the bride of the ill-wishers, sorcerers and evil spirits sleeping and seeing as if to do much harm to newlyweds. Presently - on the contrary, loud signals of cars draw more attention to a wedding train. Drivers most of all try to make a noise, driving up to the house of the bride. One more interesting tradition - honor to carry newly married belonged only to horses, according to beliefs they personified the elements.
Traditional bright tapes with which decorate wedding cars presently have also the European roots. They were transformed from so-called “nevestiny bows“ which were fashionable in the seventeenth - the nineteenth centuries in some European countries. Nevestina bows are thin stripes of fabric or a ribbon which tied on sleeves to the boys accompanying the bride in church (the girl walked). Their duty was to carry in hands rosemary branches - the bride`s symbol. Over time this tradition was forgotten, but found for ribbons new application - began to decorate with them wedding transport in which newly married went.
In each country there are the traditions and customs regulating decoration of a wedding train. So in China wedding transport is the red palanquin behind which bear a red umbrella (red color brings happiness). In England for dispersal of evil spirit instead of hand bells use gun volleys, and happiness to the bride is “provided“ by the little girl scattering petals. In Hungary signals are published not by the driver of the wedding car, but all surrounding participants of traffic, thus, they wish young people family good luck.