Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Thirteen Gold Coins at a Traditional Mexican Wedding | Mexico Current News and Mexico Current Events, all the Latest News on Mexico Today

The Thirteen Gold Coins at a Traditional Mexican Wedding | Mexico Today: "With its beautiful beaches and rich culture, Mexico is a very popular wedding destination. For Mexican natives, however, certain traditions exist at weddings that Americans may not know about.

For example, at a traditional Mexican wedding, one of the customs is known as “The Thirteen Gold Coins.” According to an article by Hacienda Tres Rios, this tradition stems from a Roman tradition where a piece of silver or gold is broken in half. Once the piece is broken, the bride takes one half of the gold or silver and the groom takes the other half. By each of the individuals taking one half, it symbolizes their promise to each other and pledge of marriage.

Within Mexican families, the process is a little different. The groom obtains thirteen gold coins, called “arras,” and gives them to the bride at the end of the wedding ceremony as a symbol of trust. By offering the bride these coins, the groom is saying that he trusts his soon-to-be wife with his finances and that he is sharing all responsibility with her. " ... Read More

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