There are many different kinds of wedding traditions practiced in the Latin-American culture, seeing as though it is greatly diverse and has many various influences. The tradition of the arras, or coins, is one of the oldest traditions of the sort. It is several centuries old, yet is continued to be practiced throughout Spain, Panama, and Mexico today.
The tradition generally occurs during Catholic weddings, right after the ceremony. The groom presents 13 gold coins, called arras, to his bride to represent his ability to support her. Before this, the coins are blessed by the priest and are passed through the hands of the newlyweds several times, ending with the bride. The tradition symbolizes the groom’s desire to look after his bride, and almost sort of affirms his promise to take care of her in their new marriage. It is a sweet and heartwarming tradition, practiced by all those who want to send their messages of love and care.
By Julia Dankov