February 20, 2009

Afrocentric Weddings -Tasting of the Four Elements

Why not incorporate culture and food right into the ceremony? Here's a description of the tasting of the four elements:

In a ritual adapted from a Yoruba tradition, the bride and groom taste four flavors that represent different emotions within a relationship. The four flavors typically used are sour (lemon), bitter (vinegar), hot (cayenne), and sweet (honey). By tasting each of the flavors, the couple symbolically demonstrates that they will be able to get through the hard times in life, and, in the end, enjoy the sweetness of marriage. (source)

I love that this ritual gives us a physical reminder of the various aspects of married life. I can imagine that it must be quite a shock to the palate to taste these elements in succession. I guess that's how relationships are in a way: The hot will follow the sweet, which can turn sour at any given moment. When you're sharing forever together as a couple, I guess it's good to expect the unexpected.

Will food or any uncommon object or practice be incorporated into your ceremony?


Mrs. Andi said...

That is a very neat tradition!

We're having a groom's cake, which was traditionally a Southern thing, but it has grown to any wedding anywhere. They're usually chocolate, but now it's more varied, based on the couple's flavors. I'm planning to get one made, but it will be a surprise to the groom!

Chic.Personal.Fun said...

I love the Southern tradition of a groom's cake! I've seen a few here up north. One was a baseball hat with the groom's favorite team and the other was a college basketball logo. I think they're so much fun.