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Mexican wedding : its customs and traditions

Its origin dates back to the time of the Mayan and Aztec tribes who occupied Mexico in the 14th and 15th centuries. After being colonized by Spain, Mexico retained ancestral practices, but also adopted some Spanish practices.

Preparations

Mexican marriage is traditionally a family affair. The preparations are undertaken by all the relatives of the bride and groom. In antiquity, the ceremony and the wedding feast took place in the bride's house and the bride and groom were dressed in togas.

Nowadays, it takes place in the place chosen by the couple and their family. The bride-to-be has the choice of having her dress made by a designer, or having it sewn by her mother as is the custom. As for the bridegroom, he or she usually dresses in a Guayabera, a large, short-sleeved shirt. Worn for more than 200 years, this garment has adorned men in an elegant and casual way.

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The Ceremony

It is not unusual for several couples to get married at the same time. Friends, siblings or cousins can organize their wedding in one and the same ceremony. The traditional wedding ceremony in Mexico is closely related to the Catholic religion. It takes place in the late afternoon around 7pm with specific traditions. To begin with, the wedding rings are brought by a young girl and a young man dressed identically to the bride and groom. Then, relatives of the bride and groom, called "Madrinas", play a well-defined role:

- The "Madrina de laso" is the woman who embraces the newlyweds in the "Lazo de boda", a pearl rosary, during the presentation of the vows. It symbolizes the unbreakable bond of the spouses. This "Lazo de boda" must be placed by a relative who represents a model of stability.

- The "Madrina de ramo" is responsible for placing a bouquet at the feet of the Virgin Mary.

- The "Madrina de arras" brings the coins that the groom will entrust to his wife during the ceremony as a token of his confidence. This is the "gift of Arras", 13 coins, 12 of which are for the months of the year and the 13th to be shared with a poor person. Finally, the Madrinas lay a bouquet of flowers at the foot of the Virgin Mary.

To end this ceremony, the family of the bride and groom install a piñata, previously made by them, above the head of the bride and groom. They set it alight to wish them happiness and prosperity.

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The wedding banquet

The wedding feast is a grand event in the tradition of Mexican marriage. It is an opportunity for the newlyweds and their loved ones to dance the night away, hosted by the "mariachis", a group of musicians renowned for entertaining Mexican weddings. It is also a chance to eat Mexican specialties such as beans, spicy rice and tortillas. Guests also drink sangria, a cold wine-based drink. At the end of the meal, a cake with dried fruits, nuts and rum is offered to the guests.

The next day, the families organize a "tamale", a lunch during which the guests and the bride and groom meet to enjoy a taco buffet. Its festive atmosphere and traditions give the Mexican wedding an unequalled charm. Whether it is a civil, symbolic or religious wedding, its customs endure in time and in spirit.

I'd like to give you everything you never had, and even then you'd never know how wonderful it is to love you - Frida Kahlo

A warm land, Mexico shines in the hearts of its inhabitants

 

Lou Berti & Margaux Bélot/Agence Diamant Brut


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