The traditional jewish wedding is full of symbolic rituals, including the Badeken, in which the groom covers the face of the bride with a veil to symbolise the idea of modesty and conveys the lesson that however attractive physical appearances may be, the soul and character are paramount. There is also the Breaking of the Glass during the ceremony, that serves as an expression of sadness at the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, and identifies the couple with the spiritual and national destiny of the Jewish people.
Although Chris and Sophie’s wedding at Northbrook Park last autumn was a very modern affair, the Chair Dance or Hora was one tradition that their guests were determined that they should experience. The tradition of the Hora is that a few strong wedding guests raise the couple above the dance floor as a piece of cloth is passed from the groom to the bride. As the couple hold on tightly, the folk song “Hava Nagila” (“Let us rejoice”) plays and other guests dance around the couple.
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