Traditions weddings

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Blackenings are a ritual performed very occasionally with great gusto on the night before the wedding. The unlucky groom-to-be is captured by his friends and is stripped to the waist before bound and ‘blackened’ with feathers, treacle, soot and flour! He is then noisily paraded through the village by his friends who endeavour to make the experience as embarrassing as possible. In some parts of Scotland, this can happen to the bride too!

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