Filipinos are naturally superstitious people. Whatever the event, there is always a set of superstitious beliefs that they eagerly adhere to. The wedding day is no exception.
From the fearfully followed “sukob sa kasal” to something very trivial like offering eggs to avoid wish for a clear sky, Filipinos have a handful of superstitious beliefs for wedding days or what is called “mga pamahiin sa kasal.”
Here are some of the crazy but less known Filipino wedding superstitions that you might not know about.
1. Don’t see each other. Before the wedding day, the soon-to-be-wed couple should stay away from each other because seeing each other beforehand will bring bad luck.
2. Do not step on the veil. The bride’s veil, which usually runs very long, should not be stepped on. Heavy objects should not be placed on top of it either.
3. Put a plate of food in a corner of the house. In the Negros Regions, they have a superstition about the wedding reception. Before starting the wedding celebration at the reception, the newlyweds should put a plate of food in one corner of the house in order to share food with their deceased ancestors. Neglecting this would result to stomachaches to the couple and their guests.
4. Two candles. At the wedding ceremony, two candles are lit and placed on the left side and on the right side of the seated couples. It is said that if the candle’s light goes out on its own, it is an omen that whoever between the couple is seated near that candle will die ahead of the other.
5. Ring, cord, and coins. The ring, cord, or arrhae (wedding coins) should not be dropped to the ground because it will bring unhappiness to the couple in their married life. Dropping the ring will bring about a break-up in their relationship.
6. Don’t wear pearls. The bride should not wear accessories with pearls in them. Pearls symbolize tears and so the bride will have a sad married life. Just use silver or gold instead.
7. Don’t go on travels before the wedding day. The soon-to-be-wed couple should stay in the house and avoid vacations and long-distance traveling because they are prone to accidents.
8. Rain on the wedding day. While other people wish for a clear sky on their wedding day, some would want some drizzles because they believe that rain on a wedding day is a blessing from heaven.
9. Eat something sweet first. The couple should eat sweets before they eat anything else because it will bring sweetness to their relationship.
10. Breaking something is good. Breaking a plate or glass during the wedding reception brings good luck so don’t feel bad if someone accidentally breaks a plate or two.
11. No sharp objects. Giving sharp objects like knives as a wedding gift is not advisable because it will bring bad luck to the couple and lead to a broken marriage.
12. Arinola brings good luck? It may sound weird, but they say that giving a chamberpot (“arinola” in local term) will bring good luck to the couple and to the giver. The reason for this is more on practicality. In old times, indoor plumbing was a luxury because toilets are usually outside the houses. Having an arinola indoor is a convenience.
13. Don’t step on your groom’s foot. While walking away from the altar, the bride should be careful not to step on the groom’s foot. Stepping on the man’s foot symbolizes dominance in the relationship, which can be a bad thing in a relationship.
14. Stand together. After the wedding ceremony, the couple should stand up at the same time. Otherwise, the one who stood up first will die ahead of the other.
15. Don’t cry. As hard as it sounds, the bride should not cry during their wedding because it will bring bad luck to their relationship.
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