Post # 1
I’m a reporter writing a story about people borrowing or adapting traditions from other cultures, and I was wondering if any of you are considering doing this yourself, or have seen others do it? Examples might include doing the hora/chair dance, breaking glass or having a chuppah (a lovely piece of fabric over the bride & groom held up by four poles. I’m sure there are plenty from other religions and cultures as well.
If this sounds like you or someone you know, please drop me a line here or email me at sadie d at g mail dot com
Post # 2
That would be an interesting article to read. I wonder what justifications someone would have for borrowing serious religious customs.
To me it seems disrespectful to take something that has cultural or relgious significance to another group of people just for funsies.
Post # 3
I totally agree with you. I think it’s a bit more acceptable to borrow from a culture. For example, my Auntie and Uncle are Australian (my Uncle was adopted so is chinese, but was raised by my grandma and doesn’t have too many ties to China) but they are both experts in Karate and are very interested in Japanese culture, so they had a few Japanese inspired items at their wedding including a traditional Japanese poem. I however would never borrow from a religion, to me that is disrespectful as these customs have a very deep meaning and if I dont’ believe in the religion, I believe that would be deeply disrespectful.
Post # 4
I had a friend, a wedding DJ, who claimed that a lot of people were doing the Hora these days. As a Jewish person, I don’t think I’d find it disrespectful, especially since circle/chair dances are a common Eastern European phenomenon.
Post # 5
I don’t think it’s disrespectful either. Many wedding traditions have Christian roots and I’m not offended when non Christians do them.