Wedding customs

Wild guests kissing in Denmark

In Denmark, not only socks are stolen, but there is also kissing. As soon as the bride or groom leave the hall, the respective other is allowed to be kissed by all the guests.

On the day before the marriage, celebration in honour of the bridal couple is so lively that the women turn red: they cream themselves with a mixture of red ochre and concentrated butter, fragrances and resin. Thereby, the red reflects the colour of the earth and symbolises life at the same time. In this way, the women wildly dance the traditional ondjongo dance. When the bride arrives at the house of the groom she is received by his relatives. They demonstrate their acceptance for the young woman by rubbing her with concentrated butter from the cows of the groom.