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					A Traditional Wedding
    The Salvadoran Way
The Engagement
 Traditionally, it was not considered proper for couples to be
  seen together in public unless they were engaged or married,
  but this has changed a lot in urban areas.
 One tradition is asking the girl's father for permission. One
  month before the wedding, the groom asks the girl's father
  for permission to take the girl out of her family house. He
  goes to her house early in the morning with a band, if he can
  afford the expense. All the neighbors come to see the new
  bride and to tell her something nice.
The religion
 Many traditional Salvadoran weddings follow the Catholic
  tradition. The reception takes place in a Catholic church, or
  cathedral. The married couple with take communion at their
  wedding.
The Wedding Party – Who is Involved
 Traditionally in El Salvador, the groom’s father and the groom’s family pays for the
   wedding, even the bride’s wedding dress.
 Parents play an important role, they walk the bride through the street to the wedding
   place (church).
 The wedding couple’s godparents are very important during the wedding, too. The
   godparents are the people who are responsible for the spiritual growth of the kids. They
   have roles throughout the marriage ceremony.
 Many wedding parties are very large as the kids in the family play a part in the wedding.
    Traditional Wedding Food
"COMIDAS LATINAS" (LATIN FOOD)

•Appetizers – “pasteles” are meat patties
               - “empanades” are pastries with
                  meet and vegetables
• Main meal – some people set up stations where
                  you can make your own fajitas and tacos
                - other must-have dishes include rice and
                  beans
                - paella, "arroz con pollo" (chicken with
                   rice)
                -"ropa vieja" (beef stew)
                - fried plantains (bananas)
                - tamales
                - pupusas
• Desserts - flan (custard made from milk, eggs, vanilla,
               and caramelized sugar)
• Wedding Cakes – Some traditional wedding cakes are
                         made with dried fruit and soaked in
                         rum.
"BEBIDAS" (DRINKS)
Some of the popular drinks are:
 Sangria - a punch that is made from wine, brandy, sugar,
  fruit, and soda water.
 Wine - Chile, Argentina, and Spain all produce excellent
  white, red, and sparkling wines.
 For non-alcoholic drinks, sodas come in many different kinds
  of tropical flavors, and "batidos" are fruit shakes made from
  fresh fruit, ice, and milk
 "cafe con leche" is often served with the wedding cake.
 The Reception and the Dance
Some of the popular kinds of music to play at a
  wedding are:
 Salsa
 Merengue
 Mambo
 Flamenco
 Samba
Some people hire a mariachi band or a big band to get everyone
  dancing.
Customs and Traditions
 As part of some wedding ceremonies, thirteen gold coins,
  which represent the groom's wealth (money) are blessed by
  the priest, then passed back and forth between the bride and
  the groom. Then they put the coins down on a Bible.

 A large rope or rosary is wrapped around the shoulders of
  the couple in a figure 8 to show they will stay together.
The Wedding Dress: "vestido de bodas"
 Some brides chose to wear a dramatic mantilla veil, or a slim dress
  with a bolero jacket.
 Some pick a dress with Flamenco-style ruffles at the hem.
 Brides in many Latin-American countries wear a light blue
  petticoat or slip beneath their dresses.
 In Spain, brides wear black dresses to show their devotion until
  death. Touches of red and black, for both bride and groom, also
  add a Latin touch.