Black Wedding Traditions You May Not Have Heard Of

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The Libation Ceremony

We know all about pouring out a little liquor. But did you know that it has roots in African tradition? Pouring libations is all about honoring your family members — those who have passed and those who are still here.

During the wedding ceremony, an elder member of the family pours alcohol in four spots: to the north, east, south and west. As the alcohol is poured, the names of family members who have recently passed are recited. Some people also take the time to acknowledge the elders in the family and ask them to pass on their wisdom and advice.

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