At a Moldovan wedding, the whole village participates. It’s a party for everyone!
The preparations begin with the mayor, who goes from door to door and calls the villagers to the wedding.
The dough for the Cozonaci Sim Bread will be prepared on the Wednesday before the wedding and the cabbage rolls will be prepared on Thursday.
The wedding begins with the groomsmen and godparents, accompanied by musicians who take the groom from his parents. They all go to the bride’s house, where the godmother puts the veil over the bride and sets up the groom, perfuming him and dressing his beard. The young couple is separated from each other; They apologize to their parents for their mistakes and promise to be a good husband and a good wife. Then everyone goes to church. In the bridal church they carry two rings, a jug of wine, a cloth, crosses and an icon. Traditionally, it is believed that the groom has to set a foot on the bride in order to have an obedient wife. At the exit of the wedding church, wheat and rice are thrown as symbols of abundance, and the bride spills the water in the bucket that had previously been put in her way. After the marriage, the newlyweds, the godparents and the entire entourage go to the place where the proper celebration takes place. Here, the bride and groom are greeted with the sweetness of white cherries as a sign of leading a sweet life together. Traditional Moldavian food is served at the party, and the cheerful mood is accompanied by folk music and dances. Towards the morning, the bride removes the veil and gives it to a future bride. In return, she gets a handkerchief that symbolizes her entry into the group of married women. When the feast is over, the groom carries his bride in his arms across the threshold to protect his wife from the evil spirits. The bride may no longer enter the parental home until she is called, otherwise she will be unlucky in the marriage. Another custom is to give the godparents a gift to show gratitude and respect.