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Each nationality has its own traditions and customs for celebrating holidays and rituals, and each of them is beautiful and unusual. The most important event in a person's life is a wedding, when a person decides to start a new independent life and start a family.
Estonia, like other countries, also has its own traditions of weddings, and they are beautiful and interesting. Estonian weddings are held according to traditions that have been preserved for centuries and to move away from them means to lose touch with their history, with the history of the people and the country.
Dowry for their daughters in Estonia begins to be prepared even when girls are at a very young age and attention is paid to the dowry even more when the girl is going to get married. The collection of the dowry takes on a large-scale event, in which all the relatives and bridesmaids of the bride herself take part.
A wedding in Estonia is quite long and can last for several days. The bride herself has a very serious task: she needs to prepare gifts for all her relatives and the gifts should be beautiful and original.
A bride's dowry in Estonia consists simply of an incredibly large number of things, stockings, mittens, belts and headbands, and it takes a really long time to collect all this. As a result, the bride has to take assistants.
Wedding attire of the bride in Estonia is also an individuality, because until now the wedding attire was presented in the old style with all the necessary national elements. Different regions of Estonia have developed their own traditions of the wedding ceremony.
In one of the districts, during the entire wedding ceremony, the bride can change her wedding dress three times, and each time the dress must have distinctive features: each next dress must be made in a style of a later time than the previous one.
In other areas, girls wear bandages on their heads before they get married, and after the wedding, girls put on a wedding wreath or cap on their heads, as a sign that the girl is now a legal wife. The laying of a cap or a wreath on the girl's head is accompanied by special ceremonies.
Estonian women always wear jewelry, and jewelry for the bride takes on new meaning. They start choosing jewelry for a wedding very carefully, because they must protect the girl from damage and the evil eye.
As a gift, the groom can give his bride a complete set of jewelry for the wedding and for every day, in order to show how he treats his future spouse with care.
During Estonian holidays, women wear more expensive jewelry. It can be silver beads, expensive brooches. If a woman cannot afford such jewelry, then she has the opportunity to borrow jewelry.
The last day of the wedding in Estonia will be marked by the distribution of gifts that are presented to all the relatives of the groom. Usually a large chest full of gifts is brought into the room and the distribution of them begins.
This is a tremendous event, considering that quite a large number of relatives gather from both sides, and each needs to pick up a special gift, valuable and unique.
This is just a small part of the traditions that are followed during the wedding ceremony. For each separate region of Estonia, additional ceremonies may be applied or slightly modified in accordance with the locality.
Currently, there are very few weddings during which the bride can change her wedding outfit three times, because it is rather difficult and takes a long time. Young people already experience great excitement during the wedding.
Basically, all the rituals in Estonia are currently observed in rural areas, while in the city, weddings take place in a slightly different, simpler and modern style. Although not a single bride has yet given up wedding dresses in the spirit of the national costume, despite the fact that nowadays you can buy any wedding dress.
It follows from all this that a wedding in Estonia requires quite a lot of financial investments, because you have to spend a lot of money on gifts for all relatives. However, as a result, Estonians prepare for this event in advance, gradually collecting dowry and preparing various gifts.
Both parties are involved in organizing a wedding: the bride and groom. In order to hold a wedding according to all traditions, which lasts several days, you need to be generous.
The parents of the bride and groom in Estonia are obliged to give their children expensive and good gifts. First of all, it is important for the parents to provide the new family with separate housing and, as usual, the groom's side should deal with this.
In general, a man most often himself tries to prepare a sufficient material base before deciding to marry, in order to be able to bring his young wife to a new house, where she will be the mistress.
However, if there are no such opportunities, then the parents will never refuse to help in this, and will do everything possible so that the young family does not need anything at first, until it can get on its feet and provide for itself.
If, nevertheless, it happens that neither the parents nor the young couple have the opportunity to purchase a separate home, then they can live in their parents' house for some time until they acquire their own separate home.
Estonians are now starting to get married a little later, because they set themselves the initial goal of providing themselves financially, and only after that think about starting a family.
This is important for a man, because every Estonian must make the life of his wife and his children such that there will always be plenty of it.
Parents, although they do not refuse to help their children, nevertheless, young people are trying to become more independent, and in order to become independent, it is necessary to get a good education that allows them to find a prestigious job.