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  • First dance


    Emperor Franz Joseph at a ball in the Hofburg Imperial Palace, painting by Wilhelm Gause (1900) The first dance is an element in a number of traditions, being an opening of a certain dance function: ball, prom, wedding, etc.

  • Russian wedding traditions


    A Boyar Wedding Feast by Konstantin Makovsky, 1883 A traditional Russian wedding can last between two days and one week. The celebration involves dancing, singing, toasting, and banqueting. The best man and maid of honor are called Witnesses or "svideteli" in Russian. The ceremony and the ring exchange take place on the first day of the wedding. Despite their seemingly unique matrimonial ceremonies, Russian weddings have adopted some western traditions, including incorporating bridesmaids into the wedding party.

  • Poruwa ceremony


    Porwa set-up A Poruwa ceremony is a traditional Sinhalese wedding ceremony. The ceremony takes place on a "Poruwa", a beautifully decorated, traditional wooden platform. The ceremony involves a series of rituals performed by the bride and groom, and their families.

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