A Black (And White) Wedding: Traditional Filipino and Spanish Marriage Ceremonies

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A Black (And White) Wedding: Traditional Filipino and Spanish Marriage Ceremonies The concept of marriage has existed in nearly all human cultures throughout history, though its participants, basis, and goals have varied a great deal. Still, in almost all modern societies it is seen as a person’s most important relationship and the foundation of family. Therefore, it is not surprising that weddings, the celebration of marriage, are treated as important, milestone events in countries around the world. Such ceremonies are so rich with meaning and hope for the bride and groom and their family and friends that complex, constantly evolving traditions have grown up around weddings that emphasize the spirit of the day as well as attempt to…show more content…
Both the bride and the groom walk down the aisle in Spanish and Filipino weddings. Rings are of course an important part of the wedding, but the groom traditionally gives the bride 13 coins, called arras (unity coins) in Spain (Rivera 35) and arrhae in the Philippines (Dresser 114) as well. According to the book author Judith Noble and World of Wedding Traditions website, the coins comes in size of 1 millimeter and sometimes bigger in diameter and comes in silver and gold tones. These 13 coins symbolizes Jesus and his twelve apostles. In both cultures, the coins represent the groom’s commitment to his wife and future children’s wellbeing, and the priest blesses them during the ceremony. After wedding, at the reception, the newlyweds and their guests perform a traditional dance, during which guests often present the couple with gifts or donate money to help pay for the honeymoon and other costs associated with beginning a married life. In the Philippines, this dance is called the pandango (Pantilon), while in Spain it is known as "sequidillas manchegas" (Spanish Wedding Traditions). In Spain, the couple will often use this opportunity to present wedding favors as well. One thing you are bound to see at the Filipino reception is the lechon. Lechon is a roasted pig served during special occasions like this. Succulent and juicy are really the best words to describe the

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