Indian weddings are renowned for their traditions founded in a rich culture. Anand Mahant (left) and Shelzia George (right) kindly walked guests through these rituals, explaining the many preparations leading into their weddings. They spoke about the Haldi ceremony where turmeric is applied to the faces of the bride and groom for a brighter complexion before the big day. The Indian table also offered beautiful henna designs, fully immersing students into the cultural exchange.

As part of the events leading up to the University of Bridgeport’s 39th annual International Festival, this month’s Coffee Hour on April 7th gave students and guests an enriching experience by sharing different wedding customs from around the globe. The event was sponsored by the Department of Residential Life and Student Conduct, the Student Programming Board, and the International Student Services Office – all joining forces in the name of cultural awareness.

From Nigeria to China to Saudi Arabia, international representatives gladly shared the traditions and beliefs behind their wedding celebrations with one another. Experience the celebration for yourself through the photo blog below, and travel the world like we did without even leaving the UB campus.

As soon as the event began, my eyes were attracted to the Saudi Arabian table with its exotic and festive decorations. They offered traditional teas and juices that would be offered during an actual wedding. Guests were given Saudi Arabian snacks, plump dates, and a look at ornaments used for weddings. One student behind the table dabbed willing students with customary scented oils - truly luxurious scents for the bride and groom.
As soon as the event began, my eyes were attracted to the Saudi Arabian table with its exotic and festive decorations. They offered traditional teas and juices that would be offered during an actual wedding. Guests were given Saudi Arabian snacks, plump dates, and a look at ornaments used for weddings. One student behind the table dabbed willing students with customary scented oils – truly luxurious scents for the bride and groom.
Decked out in bright red, the Chinese table was full of traditional wedding favors and décor. Chinese student Meng Lingqun (left) explained to guests that red is the color of luck in her culture and is always the primary color used throughout weddings. After the ceremony, she shared that in Southern China the groom will often have to go through “wacky” ordeals created by the bridesmaids to meet his bride, making wedding a joyous time for all.
Decked out in bright red, the Chinese table was full of traditional wedding favors and décor. Chinese student Meng Lingqun (left) explained to guests that red is the color of luck in her culture and is always the primary color used throughout weddings. After the ceremony, she shared that in Southern China the groom will often have to go through “wacky” ordeals created by the bridesmaids to meet his bride, making wedding a joyous time for all.
As one of the most culturally diverse nations on the planet, Nigerian weddings come with a wide range of traditions depending on the tribe. The weddings of the Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, and other tribes fascinated those present who were curious about the attire and endless options Nigerian couples have to plan their wedding. From the Igbo tribe, Chikezie Chibuike retold weddings he attended that perfectly match tradition with modernity.
As one of the most culturally diverse nations on the planet, Nigerian weddings come with a wide range of traditions depending on the tribe. The weddings of the Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, and other tribes fascinated those present who were curious about the attire and endless options Nigerian couples have to plan their wedding. From the Igbo tribe, Chikezie Chibuike retold weddings he attended that perfectly match tradition with modernity.