Wedding traditions

Hutsul wedding is like a fairy tale. Even now Hutsuls maintain their traditions.

Even today they wear the traditional clothes and walk with their horses. On the wedding day, the bride and groom are accompanied by the boyars, bridesmaids, groomsmen wedding etc.

The Hutsul wedding is very lively, full of dances, games, jokes and puns. No wedding can do without bread or cakes, woven or embroidered towels. There is no set time for hutsul wedding. But the wedding and engagement occur mainly in spring, summer and autumn, more often in winter, trying to be celebrated before Lent. It is strictly prohibited to celebrate a wedding during a fast.

The first sign of marriage in Hutsulshchyna is the need of “give the towels,” which meant the wedding preparation. The consolidation of the marriage was and is “being in towel.” According to ancient tradition, the best cakes are given to newlyweds on a tablecloth, with the hope that his life was rich and beautiful. The couple goes to the church on the horses.

The wedding party is a tradition known and observed in many parts of the world. With the Hutsuls it begins from the moment the newlyweds arrive home back from church. The propiy (drinking ceremony) at the wedding we observed began with horilka (vodka) and medovukha (mead) being poured into earthenware and wooden bowels, and then all those present were invited to have some from two spoons attached to each other by a ring (the symbol of a married couple). Everyone wished the newlyweds the best, and the toasts were accompanied by words “I drink your health,” and in reply the one toasted said, “May this drink be good for you.”

The traditional Hutsul wedding goes through several stages: match-making, engagement, making of the wedding wreath, the braiding of the bride’s hair, decoration of the hiltse, the actual marriage ceremony, wailing, drinking the health of the newlyweds and other stages, and the wedding party may last up to two weeks.

The wedding train added its own characteristic note. It was headed by a group of young men on horseback who were carrying the hiltse; they were followed by the bride and groom, also riding horses and holding hands; riding behind them were bridesmaids and best men. The next came all the relatives and guests, on foot, accompanied by the musicians. This noisy and cheerful procession hardly left anybody who happened to be around indifferent.

Video of Hutsul wedding