Persian Jewish Wedding: Embrace Different Cultures
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure and honor of attending my first Persian Jewish wedding. My friend, the bride, looked amazing. Her blushing groom looked great and sported a fancier kippa (Jewish hat) than the rest of the men. They make a handsome couple. Without further ado, on to the festivities!
Their event took place in a hotel and their ceremony was held in a ballroom. It was a pretty large wedding with about 400 guests. Fuchsia uplights lit up the room and an extravagant gazebo decorated with gorgeous pink and white flowers was the centerpiece. They had a catwalk where the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and family members did their grand entrances. I am a friend of the bride, but ironically I choked up when I saw the groom hug his parents in the middle of the catwalk. Guess it reminded me of my parents and tugged at my heart strings. It was interesting as the parents of the groom walked halfway down the catwalk and waited for their son. After the hugs, the three of them then walked arm and arm the rest of the way. The bride and her family did the same. It was a little tight under the gazebo with all the family members, the bride and groom, and the rabbi huddled together. He chanted most of the ceremony with a few phrases in English. A few guest rabbis came up to chant and few more guests came up to serve as witnesses. My friend was ecstatic when she received her wedding scroll and kissed her groom.
I would normally bore you with the usual wedding activities (slideshow, bouquet toss, garter toss, cake cutting), but there was none of that. The rest of the evening was spent dancing. After their first dance, the newlyweds danced for almost two hours straight! Mind you it wasn’t two hours of waltzes, it was high energy, reach for the sky jumping and dancing. They were constantly fed water to keep them hydrated. I don’t know how they did it. My wife and I jumped in for a dance or two throughout the evening. The joy and excitement in the room was incredible. I was happy at my wedding, but this was on another level. The live band rocked the house and the couple even went on stage to dance. We felt like we were at a rock concert. Honestly, I felt like I was in the middle of a Bollywood movie, a Greek wedding, with some belly dancing all rolled up in one. It was an amazing night. We left around midnight because of work the next day, but I heard they were going to two in the morning and they didn’t even cut the cake!
Many personal finance bloggers enjoy traveling to different countries. I’m a big fan myself. But until your next getaway, get to know your friends and co-workers. Since we live in a melting pot of cultures and religions, we can experience some of it in our own backyard.