[French] The bathroom ban

bathroom ban

Most of us are familiar with our own wedding customs and traditions, such as throwing the bouquet or the first dance. Perhaps you even know a few from other countries and cultures but have you heard of the bathroom ban?

On the island of Borneo, the largest Indonesian island, the Tidong tribe still follows ancient traditions that prohibit newlywed couples from using the bathroom for 3 days and 3 nights.

The bride and groom are watched carefully by their families during the ceremony and are only given small amounts of food and drink.

They believe the custom will lead to a long, happy and fertile marriage, and that if broken will result in terrible bad luck.

After the 3 days the newlyweds are allowed to resume normal life and can begin their marriage.

By Rebecca Latimer

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