Mexico weddings

Some of the customs of Mexico weddings originated in ancient Jewish and Pagan worship, adopted by the early Catholic Church. The Spanish came to Mexico and intermarried with the native Aztec Indians, blending their religion with some of the Aztec customs of pagan type worship.

The Catholic Church went along with it, because it was more acceptable for the Aztecs to call themselves Christians, if the church allowed them to bring some of their own familiar methods of worship into the church.

Today Orthodox (Catholic origin) customs are mixed with catholic Aztecs origins. About 40% of the Mexican people are traditionally Roman Catholics. The wedding service would follow the rules of the Catholic Church, and is usually a full Mass.

Traditional foods at a Mexican wedding include spicy rice, beans, tortilla dishes with chicken and beef. Also sangria is served. It is a cold drink made from white or red wine, mixed with brandy, sugar, fruit juice and soda water.

At the reception a paper container known as piƱata, shaped as a heart or an animal, is suspended from the ceiling. Filled with candy, it is hung by a string and swatted by children. When it breaks, the candy falls out and is shared among the guests.

Salsa, meringue and flamenco guitar music adds a Latin flare to the reception.
Mariachi music band consists of trumpets, drums, guitars, as well as harps and violins. The musicians wear black suits and pants laced with silver. They may also dress in white. Musicians from northern Mexico dress in blue satin with white frills and wear cowboy boots.

In Mexico the groom gives the bride thirteen gold coins, which are then blessed by the priest during the marriage ceremony. This gesture represents the groom's commitment to support his future wife.

Also, as part of the Mexico wedding, a large loop of rosary beads or a lasso is placed in a figure eight shape round the necks of the couple to symbolize unity, after they have exchanged vows. At the end of the ceremony it is removed and given to the bride as a memento of her becoming the mistress of the groom's heart and home.

At the wedding reception, all the guests will join hands and form a heart shape around the newlyweds as they have their first dance.

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