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SPR-SUM 17

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1 8 S p r i n g | S u m m e r B R I D E Your to-do list WEDDING TRADITIONS See page 30 for more photos from Lucas and Emily's wedding. Photo by Joe Hulsey. Wedding traditions vary from culture to culture, religion to religion, and often borrow and adapt from one another as people of other cultures meet and marry. Most are rooted in superstition and symbolism, seeking good luck and prosperity for the couple. Jumping the Broom A throwback to the old days in the bayou, many Cajuns still refer to marriage as "jumping the broom" because couples would often have to wait weeks or months for a priest to make his rounds, opting instead to declare their marriage by jumping over a broom together. The broom may have stemmed from a superstition of waving a broom over a couple's heads to ward off evil spirits. It may have also originally been a symbol of the wife's commitment to clean the courtyard of her new home. The broom still has a place in many weddings, particularly in black communities, as the older, unmarried siblings of the couple dance with a broom to mock their own single status. The Money Dance Practiced in several cultures, including Cajun, Cuban and Polish, the money dance is one that customarily calls for men who dance with the bride to pin money to her dress as a way to help pay for the honeymoon or begin saving money at the beginning of the marriage. Reading the Stars In Tibetan Buddhism, a couple who want to get married will consult with their lama. The lama reads astronomical charts, along with the couple's birth information, to determine the best day and time for them to get married. "The ceremony following can get huge," says Jampa Chambee, a Tibetan Buddhist visiting the Drapong Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion on Hubbards Lane. "They'll celebrate the whole day. Some will celebrate four or five days." Henna The traditional temporary decoration most associated with Hindi brides, mehndi, or henna, is used in a number of cultures, including Pakistani, Indian, North African, Moroccan and Jewish. It can take up to six hours to apply and eight hours to dry. Rose Flowers, a henna artist who operates in Louisville as Bohemian Monkey, says, "Moroccan style is very linear, straight lines, diamonds and squares. Traditional Indian styles are paisley and peacock, which people are familiar with. Arabic is very thick, thick lines. As far as contemporary henna, I do have a lot of people who want meaning in their henna designs, whether that's representing love or family or fertility. That seems to be popular." A new trend is white henna or colored henna. It's not technically henna but an acrylic paint that lasts for a day or two. "If you use henna, make sure it's 100 percent safe and natural," Flowers says. Some kinds of henna, like black henna, can have a toxic effect and burn the skin. Burying the Bourbon From unpredictable Southern weather and a love of spirits came the tradition of burying the bourbon. Superstition dictates that a couple should bury a bottle of bourbon upside down on the site of their wedding a month before the ceremony to keep it from raining that day. After the ceremony, they can dig it up and enjoy. by michelle eigenheer

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