Despite the numerous parodies concerning Amish lifestyles and traditions that may seem farfetched, there are amazingly fascinating things about their way of life waiting to be discovered by the masses. Here is a list of facts about the Amish that aren’t quite known.
Engagements are typically big news for a lucky couple and sharing this news with everyone is at the top of their list. However, Amish communities keep their engagements a secret. On the contrary to modern day engagements, whereby the ladies receive a flashy diamond ring, Amish girls are presented with some china or a clock. But this is not the reason they keep them a secret; it is just tradition. This happy news remains hushed until it is ‘published’ at a religious service, giving the couple only a few days to prepare. These weddings are so low-key that the couple’s presence is not even solicited at the announcement.
Hand Delivered Wedding Invitations
If you are looking forward to receiving a mailed wedding invitation from Amish couples, you will be waiting in vain, but in a good way; the Amish are a lot more personal. In keeping with their customs, they personally hand deliver these invitations to each and every invited guest; adding a personal touch to their delivery. The list of invitees may vary from only church members to close friends and relatives in more conservative settlements. On the other hand, if your Amish friends reside in more progressive communities, you stand a better chance of receiving a wedding invitation along with people from numerous church districts.
Unconventional Wedding Celebration
Modern wedding celebrations are usually an occasion for the well-wishers and families of the groom and bride to celebrate the joyful affair with the newly married couple. On the other hand, like all things Amish, wedding celebrations serve a different purpose. Though they uphold the tradition of keeping it family-oriented, they see this as an opportunity to play matchmakers by pairing single women and men for future marriages. If you are single and invited to an Amish wedding, be on high alert that you may be assigned to a seat with the hope of meeting your future spouse.
Boring Wedding Night
In a modern-day society, it is expected that on the night of one’s big day, the newlyweds retire for a romantic evening, but for the Amish, things are done quite differently. There are far more interesting things to do on their wedding night, and lovemaking is not one of them. As if their weddings are not uneventful enough, it is expected that Amish newlyweds spend their wedding night at the bride’s parent’s house chatting until the following day. If you are family oriented and plan on keeping it really simple, this Amish tradition is essential for maintaining a good foundation.
Dolls Are Left Faceless
It is customary for children to play with dolls and Amish children are no exception to this leisure activity. However, there is one evident distinction; unlike dolls around the world, most Amish dolls are left faceless. For the Amish, everyone is equal in the eyes of God and having faces on the dolls would violate their religious customs. After all, vanity and pride are sinful. This difference of no facial features for the dolls is strictly religious and good business for the makers of Amish dolls. There are less Barbie trimmed noses and intricately designed facial structures to produce.