Posted by admin on June 15, 2012
The Spanish colonization had one of its objectives the conversion of the local populace to the faith they believe and adhere to, the faith of Roman Catholicism.
In the absence of an organized religion, inferiority of the indigenous religion and fear sowed by the colonizers, the conquest of ignorant minds was easy to achieve. And Islam, the religion predominant at the time, was rapidly overtaken in the minds and hearts.
Reinforcing the constructive work on the faith the religious order brought to our shore, along with tolerance on some indigenous religious customs; superstitions were incorporated leading to the corruption of the feeble mind of the locals.
Filipinos have developed superstitions that are related to marriage and weddings, as practiced and followed in any region and province. The beliefs have formed part of the Filipino culture to caution altar bound couples from any untoward events in their wedding and eventually a life of marriage. Regretting at the end if mishaps do happen after all is non- negotiable for couples.
The following are some beliefs to delight the imaginative mind and for all altars bound pairs to ponder.
- The bride leaves for church in a chauffeured driven white car with her father only riding along with the bride. With the convoy of vehicles with the bride’s wife and the family members aboard, the bridal car should be timed in such a way that it arrives last at the church driveway
- A bride must never fit her wedding dress. If she wants to, the lining or the slip is only allowed for fitting.
- No one within the family must marry on the same year, applied to the groom and his brother or the bride and her sister
- Marriage date to be scheduled when the moon is full
- A bride must not see the groom on the night before the wedding day
- The groom should be the first to arrive in the church premises than the bride to avoid bad luck
- Couples bound to be wed must refrain from taking a long journey. They should also shy away from holding onto sharp objects such as knives. Caution also while traversing places with deep wells and steep stairways.
History enjoins the young generation to allow errors to be corrected this time. There is a saying, “superstition is the religion of feeble minds.”
Thereof, the foresaid beliefs are better left to the young couples or the young generation to either ignore or follow.