Wedding traditions of Latin AmericaAugust 14, 2017
Wedding traditions of Latin America Like most weddings in other parts of the world, Latino weddings are happy, family-filled times literally stuffed with traditions, some dating back thousands of years. From something as important as what the bride wears on her wedding day down to the most trivial detail, a Latino wedding oozes Tradition and is filled with reminders that, as humans, we have been going through these rituals for eons and will continue to do so far into the future. Below, in no particular order, are some of the more interesting traditions from some of the wonderful countries of Latin America and Spain. In Spain one of the oldest traditions known is that the bride wears a black dress. This symbolizes her devotion to her husband-to-be until death. Before the Spanish wedding the groom sometimes will give his bride-to-be thirteen gold coins (known as ‘arras’) that symbolize Jesus Christ and his 12 disciples. The coins are blessed by the priest and passed through the hands of the newlyweds several times, ending up with the bride. She then carries them in a small bag during the ceremony as a sign that the groom has pledged his support to take care of her all of her life. At the wedding reception in Ecuador the bride and groom give their parents special presents which are usually objects that they had or used when they were children. During a Colombian wedding ceremony both the bride and the groom each light one candle. They together then light a third before putting out the first two. This signifies the end of their former, separate lives and the start of their new life together. In Bolivia and Ecuador, “compadres” or “compadrazgo” (companions) are chosen either at birth or marriage....00
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