A Happy New Year to you all!
We are half way into January and still in the mood for celebrations!
Emma in the LLU office recently attended a wedding and wrote this post.
"My Best Friend’s Wedding
My best friend got married a few weeks ago in November and it was a great day to be a part of, especially after all the long, hard planning that led up to it.
In accordance with the long-standing family tradition, she was married in the same church as her parents, grandparents and great grandparents. The ceremony was beautiful, with a fantastic organ player and a very amusing minister. Everyone sang lovely hymns and prayers were read from the bible. I had the honour of standing up at the altar beside her to do a special reading before the vows and rings were exchanged and the blessing was completed.
Soon after, we moved on to a different venue where there were speeches, toasts and embarrassing photos all around. This was followed by a three-course meal and we spent the rest of the time dancing the night away. There was even a cute jar of sweets for the guests to take home as a party favour!
The whole celebration made me wonder how different cultures celebrate their special wedding days. I already know that a Chinese bride may have several different wedding dresses and that an Indian bride and her female friends and family decorate their hands and feet with mehndi designs. I have been told that in both Roma and African-American traditions they leap over a broom and in Jewish weddings they break glass!
It would be fantastic to learn more about how these cultures and many more celebrate their weddings! "