Danubius International Conferences, 9th International Conference The Danube - Axis of European Identity

Wedding Traditions of the Bessarabian Germans in Danube Region (1814/1940)

Natalia Golovina
Last modified: 2019-06-17


The article deals with an excursus into the history of the Bessarabian German colonies (1814/1940) and illustrates little-known pages of their wedding traditions. The author pays special attention to the description of national ceremonies „Bridesmaid”, „Engagement”, „Wedding Train”, „Marriage”, „Church Marriage” and „Wedding Feast”. The „wedding vocabulary” which reflects procedural, agentive and substantive ritual aspects is the national and cultural accent in the given article. The interdisciplinary research way allows the author to assess objectively the facts of the national wedding culture of Bessarabian Germans.