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Tying the Knot in Mexico



Tying the Knot in Mexico
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     challenging words:    flamenco, madrinas, merengue, padrinas, remembrance, society, convert, engagement, rosary, altogether, priest, salsa, consideration, clipped, mariachi, celebration
     content words:    In Mexico


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Tying the Knot in Mexico
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Have you ever heard anyone talk about "tying the knot"? It means that a couple is getting married. Do you know where the term "tying the knot" comes from? In Mexico, a couple literally ties a knot during their wedding ceremony. This is just one of the traditions you would find at a Mexican wedding.
 
2     Many of the traditions in a Mexican wedding can be traced back to the time when the Spanish came to the land which would become known as Mexico. The Spanish brought the Catholic religion with them. One of their goals was to convert the native population to their religion. The Spanish were wise enough to know that they could not do away with the Aztec and Mayan traditions altogether. They incorporated some of the native beliefs into their Catholic ceremonies. What resulted was a mixture of Spanish tradition and old customs which has lived on even to today.
 
3     Family is very important in Mexican society. It should be no surprise that many families still consider marriage an important part of their way of life. It is not rushed into. Much thought and consideration are given to the merging of two families. An engagement can last a long time. Some couples go through a "promise" period before an engagement becomes official. The "promise" and engagement periods can often last years.

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