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Mexican Wedding Customs

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Hinojosa 1 Andre Hinojosa 12601675 Discussion Mon. 2-2:50 Anthropology 2A June 2, 2009 Coins and Rope Regardless of the culture you were raised in, weddings are usually a big ordeal. They are rich in cultural tradition, planned for months maybe even years, and symbolize the union between a couple filled with love and commitment. Marriages differ from culture to culture, region to region, and each has their own way of celebrating such a huge moment in life. They generally filled with the kin of the bride and groom, and generally take place in a religious institution such as a church or temple. Weddings are also important in developing genealogy chart through the expansion of relatives through affinity. Growing up in a Mexican-American family, I attended many traditional weddings as a child. I definitely went to more Mexican weddings than traditional American weddings so I hardly noticed a difference. However when I attended another traditional Mexican wedding about two weeks ago, I was intrigued by the various cultural symbols and rituals enacted in the wedding that are exclusive to Mexican culture which I hadn’t noticed as a child. One aspect of the wedding that really caught my attention was the usage of gold coins and a white lasso in the ceremony. I began to wonder about the cultural significance and history that these simple objects symbolized. The Wedding Walking into St. Basil church in Los Angeles the church was adorned with many beautiful flowers and white linen draped over the pews. As the procession began the traditional
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Hinojosa 2 bridal march came but it was played by a mariachi instead of by the traditional organ. As they
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