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Swedish Wedding Customs

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The roligious part of tbo marriage ceremnny, bi.v:ng nothing very peculiar about it, was foliuwed by tiie wcddingsnpper, at wliose terminatiou tables no longer groaDed. Dancing thea commenccd, but ere that became gi-uera!, the crown of wyrtleleaves, which the brido always wears, bsd to be "daoced off." Oa one side stand the niarricd womeo, hand in hand ; on ihe other the unroarried womcn, in similar positiou, and the bride, Ua.iug frst been bliudfolded, is led into the center. ïhe wonieu danee round Ler, and she, gwaying her arms with desperate energy, makes efforts, as n "blind mau's buff," to catch auy vrbo approachea her. The excitemoot aud strugglfis continue, until tbe crown loosens and fal's from her bead, and the girl on whose person it descends is to be the next victiui on the altar of Hymen. But thcre are other fortnalitica Btill to be euacted. The BÏagle wouien have inclosed the bride, ana the loatrocs must fight for ber posse68ion. The contest ia epiritedly cooducted, Ihe unfortuuate biido running a serious risk of having arms dislocated, and at length torrainates by the triumph of the matroos, among whom tbe is uow enrolled without furtber iuterruptiou. Benedicta and bachelors carry on a similar coutention for the bridegroom, except that the treatmeut he receives is of a rougher feort. Then the married couple dunce with everybody, and everyfcody hopes for the epeedy advent of a Üke occasion.


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