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by Rahul 22 Jun 2010, 22:28
Image6. Venezuela

The South American country of Venezuela has its own special wedding traditions. Family is a very important in these bonding ceremonies as it is believed that the bride and groom are being united in addition to the families forming deep ties themselves through the union. The groom must ask the permission of his beloved’s father before proposing to her if he is to have the blessing of her family. The couple usually will have two ceremonies for a complete wedding—a civil ceremony and a religious ceremony. Generally, the civil ceremony will take place first at roughly two weeks before the religious one. A party feast and reception follows both of the ceremonies, but the religious wedding seems to be bigger in terms of the celebrations. During the ceremony itself, to show the strong bonds being formed by the families in addition to the bride and groom, the families of the couple with exchange thirteen gold coins called arras as a way to symbolize good fortune and prosperity to both of the families through the union of the bride and groom. The coins may also be exchanged by the couple themselves during the ceremony. For good luck during the final reception though, the newlyweds will sneak away without saying goodbye to their guests as a way to bless their union.