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Wedding Traditions – Part II
09-05-2016

As Brazilians we have many traditions, but due to the internet, movies and television, more and more American traditions are becoming common in our wedding ceremonies. Some brides think they are just a trend and never thought about what is behind these traditions. One of the most famous American traditions is the one embedded in the […]

Wedding Traditions – Part II

by Cecilia Umetsu

As Brazilians we have many traditions, but due to the internet, movies and television, more and more American traditions are becoming common in our wedding ceremonies. Some brides think they are just a trend and never thought about what is behind these traditions.

One of the most famous American traditions is the one embedded in the saying “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence inside your shoe.” Each of these things represents something to the couple’s future life and should be carried by the bride while walking down the aisle.

The bride should carry something old, representing the past, her connection with her family. It is usually a jewelry from her mother or grandmother. Something new represents her future with her new husband. It can be the dress or a lingerie. Something borrowed is something that she will wear, but she will return to the owners, showing that even though she is building her a family, she would always come back for comfort. It should be something from a happily married couple. Something blue represents the bride’s faithfulness and loyalty. The silver sixpence is meant to bring wealth in money and love to the couple.

Most brides try to mingle the objects by wearing a new blue lingerie or a borrowed jewelry from the mother. It is interesting to notice how these traditions are a way to the bride to prepare herself for the new life ahead of her. If you are getting married and want to adopt these traditions, remember to give a thought to what they mean.

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Wedding Traditions – Part I
05-05-2016

Wedding traditions vary all over the world. From Paris to Timbuktu, it is possible to learn a lot about some cultures just by knowing some of their wedding customs. Even though there are some common elements throughout the Western World, each country still preserves some specific customs. In the US, they don’t have “madrinhas” or […]

Wedding Traditions – Part I

by Cecilia Umetsu

Wedding traditions vary all over the world. From Paris to Timbuktu, it is possible to learn a lot about some cultures just by knowing some of their wedding customs. Even though there are some common elements throughout the Western World, each country still preserves some specific customs.

In the US, they don’t have “madrinhas” or “padrinhos”, which would be, in a very literal translation, “godmothers” and “godfathers”; however, they have a maid of honor, a best man and bridesmaids.

A maid of honor would be a very special friend from the bride, who usually has to help the bride with the organization of the wedding. To be a maid of honor is really an honor, and most American brides are very careful when choosing their maid.

The best man would be a very special friend from the groom, and his job is to take care of the rings.

The bridesmaids are other close friends from the bride and they usually wear matching dresses. They sometimes have children in the ceremony parade, but the children are not as important as the bridesmaids are.

 

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Wedding Vocabulary
02-05-2016

Talking about weddings is also talking about new words that are used only in this context. Here are some very common vocabulary when we talk about it. First of all, when the man asks a woman to marry him, he can either “propose” or “pop the question“. After the “yes”, they become engaged or they […]

Wedding Vocabulary

by Cecilia Umetsu

Talking about weddings is also talking about new words that are used only in this context. Here are some very common vocabulary when we talk about it. First of all, when the man asks a woman to marry him, he can either “propose” or “pop the question“. After the “yes”, they become engaged or they are each other’s fiancé (man)/ fiancée (woman).

During the wedding ceremony and reception the woman is the bride and the man is the groom. After the ceremony, they become newlyweds and they are husband and wife. There is an specific expression if the bride or the groom is having second thoughts about the wedding, it’s called getting or having “cold feet“.

If a couple doesn’t want a traditional wedding ceremony and just wants to get married, they can elope, which means running away and marrying in secret. In the United States, it means going to Las Vegas, in general. So, if you love romantic comedies, these vocabulary will come in hand for you.

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April’s Fool Day
11-04-2016

In the United States and Europe, April 1 is called April Fool’s Day or All Fool’s Day. Nobody really knows the origins of April Fool’s Day. Differently from Brazil, on April Fool’s Day, people don’t usually tell lies, they prefer to play pranks and practical jokes. On this day, people are on the look out for a […]

April’s Fool Day

by Cecilia Umetsu

In the United States and Europe, April 1 is called April Fool’s Day or All Fool’s Day. Nobody really knows the origins of April Fool’s Day. Differently from Brazil, on April Fool’s Day, people don’t usually tell lies, they prefer to play pranks and practical jokes.

On this day, people are on the look out for a bucket of water falling on their heads or some glue on their chairs. When you fall victim of one of these pranks, you become the April fool. Not only people engage in those pranks, newspapers and tv channels also prepare some story to deliver on April 1.

This year best prank was the one made by Netflix announcing the complete series of GoT (instead of Game of Thrones, it was Glauber, o tijolo). GoT fans were fooled – the link directed them to this video.

People believe that April Fool´s Day is one of the most light-hearted days of the year. So don’t be a sore loser and enjoy receiving and giving harmless pranks! Tell us what prank you’d play…

 

 

 

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