A man was left horrified and confused after learning about a bizarre wedding night ritual his bride-to-be told him her family wanted him to be a part of.
Now, it starts off pretty much what you'd imagine the ritual of a wedding night to be like. You know what we're talking about here.
However, in this instance, the family of the bride waits outside the doors to the bedroom and then afterwards a piece of the bedsheets they've consummated their marriage on is cut off and sewn into a tapestry that has been in the family for generations.
The ritual was revealed to the world by a 23-year-old man on Reddit, who was asking whether he should go through with it or say no and risk disappointing the family of his wife-to-be.
Posting last year, he wrote: "Something weird I've noticed since we got engaged is that my GF's cousins sometimes make jokes about our wedding night.
"It's weird for them to joke about it since I'm pretty sure her family is aware we've slept together before since we share a bed at holiday gatherings and vacations.
"A few nights ago we were discussing wedding plans and thinking about places to go on our honeymoon (if Covid-19 clears up and we can travel by then).
"My GF and I were brainstorming ideas when she tells me that we won't need a bridal suite right away."
Hmm, that's a red flag to begin with.
When he queried why, she explained that she wanted to stay at her parents' house on the wedding night - another red flag - and told him why.
He continued: "The husband and wife go into the master bedroom together and they are supposed to 'consummate' the marriage.
"The rest of the family are waiting outside the door so they can applaud them and cheer when they come out. Then a piece of the bed sheet is cut off and sewn into a big tapestry my GF's mother owns.
"I think my GF saw I wasn't happy because she quickly told me that we wouldn't have to actually consummate the marriage if I felt uncomfortable and we could just pretend."
Now, he was keen to point out that he wants nothing to do with it, but said that he doesn't want to annoy his girlfriend's family.
How did that go down? Well, his girlfriend's mum let him know exactly how.
He explained: "I think she's also been texting her family about this because I received a text from her mother telling me that I 'don't understand the importance of family' and tradition yet and this kind of tradition has been around longer than I've been alive."
As you can probably imagine, most people commenting on the post have said that he needs to put his foot down on the matter.
One told him: "If you go along with this, it will only be the beginning. You can expect an ongoing struggle about boundaries..."
Another said: "Either stand firm or get used to having your traditions dictated to you."
However, some said that he should take the traditional vibe to the extreme, advising: "Tell them you'll do it, in return for a dowry of 100 head of cattle, a white stallion and a tract of arable land."
Sounds like a fair deal.
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