Under the bed observer: In Swahili culture, a bride who marries because of an arranged marriage has a ‘marriage mentor (somo)’ during their first night.
The ‘marriage mentor’ will be under the bed, while the newlyweds will perfect their marriage.
This is done to ensure that the bride is doing their first night well and the ‘mentor’ is the witness.
High kicks to prove virginity: At the Zulu wedding, at the height of the wedding ceremony, the bride performed a dance that at a certain point, they kicked her legs up high to show her mother that she was still a virgin.
Cow fat anointing: In Namibia, the wedding ceremony is usually followed by a visit to the bride’s father’s house. There, he was told by the family about his responsibilities as a wife. After that, he was anointed with butter fat from a cow, symbolizing that he was part of a new family and had been accepted into it.
Head-to-toe white: In Shona culture, the wedding night tradition begins even before the wedding.
The bride decides when the wedding ceremony will be and she will dress in white from head to toe to the house of her future husband.
Blood on the sheets: In Tunisia, some old traditions regarding the first night of marriage are still practiced, such as a new bride displaying blood on their sheets to prove that the bride remains a virgin until marriage.