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When it comes to our bodas, Latinos have the traditions and customs on lock. From money dances to wedding vows, there is no aspect of a wedding that involves a Latina that won’t be strongly steeped in culture and tradition. But where did our unique practices of the “traditional wedding” come from anyway? It turns out, while so much of the weddings that take place in countries like Cuba, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Peru aren’t just based in their lands of origins.
In fact, many of customary traditions match surprisingly along with the traditions of countries across the globe.
These days brides have become accustomed to offering their bridesmaids a bit more leniency and control over the dresses they wear to wedding ceremonies. While it was once much more common to see brides of all sizes and shapes donning the exact same dresses, size-inclusivity and consideration have inspired many brides to allow their girls to pick out styles for themselves while wearing the same color or shade.
Matching dresses during the processional wasn’t always a tactic used by brides to ensure they stood out over the rest, however. In fact, bridesmaids of Ancient Rome originally wore dresses that looked similar to the bride’s so that they could help her to outsmart evil spirits. With so many dresses to compare, evil spirits wouldn’t know which woman in the lineup was the bride that day.
But the bridesmaids’ duties were far more treacherous in early Rome, where they were expected to intervene on behalf of the bride and fight off any former boyfriends of the bride who attempted to ruin her wedding day or steal her dowry.
These gold coins can be seen in just about any Latin American Christian wedding ceremony but it undoubtedly comes from Spain.
The custom of presenting thirteen gold coins to the bride and groom in an ornate box can be traced back to Rome and Spain. Arras means “earnest money” in Spanish and is the money presented from the groom’s family to the bride’s.
The customary wedding cake wasn’t always so romantic or delightful.
According to research, ancient Romans would require a groom to take a bite of bread at their wedding and crumble the remains on the bride’s head for good luck. “Fun” ensued when guests were prompted to then rush to her feet and pick up whatever bread crumbs they could find so that they too could have a bit of good luck. These days, the modern western approach to desserts and weddings has seen many cultures opt for actual desserts and cake for the celebrations of a couple’s wedding.
The money dance is an event that occurs in many cultures rooted in Latin America, though the exact origins of it are unknown. During a money dance, guests will give money in a chance to dance with the bride. Often times, the money given to the bride and groom is used to help set them up for a future or for just a little extra cash on their honeymoon. While no origins of the dance are known, it might be of interest to some that the tradition is common among the Yoruba and Igbo people of Nigeria.
At one time, red was actually the color du jour for brides at weddings. While some had actually worn white for their weddings, it was not until Queen Victoria rocked a white gown for her wedding that white became the color most Western brides would opt for.
The tradition of wedding rings can be traced back 6,000 years ago to ancient Egypt. At the time, couples exchanged braided rings made of reeds and hemp in a gesture that symbolized eternal love and commitment. Ancient Egyptians had a belief that the left hand had a vein that was connected directly to the heart and as a result started the tradition of wearing wedding rings on the left hand (awww!). Clearly, the custom caught on and spread because the exchange of rings is one done throughout the world. In Latin America, this is no different. Today, couples all over Latin America wear rings and in Brazil and Mexico, couples often wear engagement rings (not just the bride!).
We all know that thinking finding the perfect gift for your significant other can be just about as nervewracking as doing your taxes and getting your teeth cleaned: not fun, but unavoidable. Not only is it hard to find a present that matches your partner’s interests, but there’s also the added layer of pressure surrounding the exchange of gifts. What will your S.O. think of you if you get them a gift that totally misses the mark? Have they been hinting for months about something they’re interested in, and we just missed all the signs?
That’s why we were so impressed when one special Latina’s novio pulled out all the stops and gifted her with a present fit for a Queen. The present in question? A customized eyeshadow palette made up of shades named after their relationship.
Twitter user @lillyspicee made waves on the internet when she posted that her boyfriend David made her a custom eyeshadow palette as a gift.
According to the photo posted on Wednesday, her boyfriend named the palette “Get You The Moon”. The pink-hued packaging was adorned with adorable Polaroid photos of the two of them together. The inside of the palette had been engraved with a swoon-worthy personal message: “You’re so beautiful. I love you so much.” It’s safe to say that this Latina’s boyfriend has won the award for most thoughtful gift ever.
But the best part about the present may have been the names David decided on when christening the shades. “David made me a custom eyeshadow palette,” Lilly wrote. “[And] he named one of the shades frijol”. That’s right, frijol. The color in question was a beige/brown color (aka the exact color of some delicious frijoles refritos). It’s safe to assume that this couple’s relationship is filled with a fair amount of humor. Needless to say, both her 402 followers and practically everyone else on Twitter flocked to the Tweet to express their shock and awe at all of the love behind the thoughtful gift.
Since Wednesday, the tweet has gone viral, racking up almost 13,000 retweets and over 67,000 likes.
Users were both delighted and jealous of the one-of-a-kind romantic gift. The shades ranged from bright and sparkly to understated and matte and were surprisingly wearable for colors chosen by someone unversed in makeup. Twitter users were also impressed with the other names of the palette: “Sunshine”, “OVO”, “Slay” “We Getting Drunk”, “Smokey”, “Bebe” and “Leah”.
Due to popular demand, Lilly swatched and photographed all of the shades on her arm, which naturally left users fiending for their own version and wondering where to buy it. According to Lilly, her boyfriend ordered the custom palette at online beauty retailer www.beautonomy.com, a beauty company whose mission statement is “to give everyone the tools they need to create their own beauty products, exactly how they want them, and share them with the world”.
The adorable gift left many users jealous of @lillyspicee’s thoughtful boyfriend and they weren’t shy about voicing their envy.
No matter whether you’re single or taken, it’s hard to look at this relationship and not wish you were in this girl’s shoes! This couple is the perfect example of how constantly doing the little things can keep the spark alive for years. Sometimes, it’s small gestures that can have the most impact on a relationship’s staying power.
Some Twitter users felt that the post was more discouraging than inspiring.
We definitely understand. Sometimes it’s hard to believe you can clear the bar when the bar is set so high!
This user was truly impressed by Lilly’s boyfriend’s creativity.
Really, though. Whatever happened to simply bringing home flowers to the wifey? Times sure have changed!
Some were putting the pressure on their own boyfriends to step up their games.
She made it clear to her when she said: “I want you to give me this”. Now, the pressure is truly on! We’re sure that there are more than a few men who have looked at this Twitter thread and silently cursed Lilly’s boyfriend for making them look bad.
As for @lillyspicee, after the outpouring of love and admiration from both her followers and newfound fans, she decided to tweet out some words of support and encouragement for the lonely hearts out there. “I hope you ALL find someone who does little things like this simply because he loves you!!”, she said. We hope so too! And when there are men like this out there, we suddenly feel cautiously optimistic!
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