Mazel tov! – Jewish Wedding Traditions

The Chuppa

Whether you refer to it as a chuppa, chuppah, huppah, chipe or chupah, this fabric-draped canopy is a staple in any traditional Jewish wedding ceremony. The chuppa stands as a symbol of the home that the bride (kallah) and groom (chatan) are building together. There is a lot of symbolism in regards to the chuppa. It always consists of four poles and has fabric draped over its top symbolizing four walls and a roof. In addition, all four sides are left open as a symbol of open hospitality. Though a marriage is considered valid in the absence of a chuppa, it is still thought to be a basic requirement of a Jewish wedding ceremony.

flower covered chuppah at outdoor Jewish wedding

rustic fabric draped chuppah at outdoor Jewish wedding

The Breaking of the Glass

The breaking of the glass is another tradition of Jewish weddings. Although its connection to marriage is sometimes brought into question, its significance to the Jewish culture is not. The reason for the breaking of the glass is to commemorate the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago. Some more modern interpretations are that the glass symbolizes the fragility of love and that it must always be cared for. One of the more entertaining reasons given is that this is the last time the groom will be able to “put his foot down.” No matter what your interpretation, there is one constant – after the glass is broken, all in attendance shout “Mazel tov!” to wish good fortune and to congratulate the newlyweds.

Jewish couple breaking the glass at their wedding

 The Hora

After the bride and groom have been announced as husband and wife and the groom breaks the glass, it’s time to move on to the reception. One of the most popular traditions by guests and usually the most dreaded by the happy couple is the Hora. This tradition was started as a way to entertain and bring joy the happy couple (the king and queen of the evening) and increase the festivities of their special day. The bride and groom and invited onto the dance floor where they sit down in chairs and are then hoisted into the air by their guests while the song Hava Nagila (Let us Rejoice) plays in the background. It is also traditional for the couple to remain connected by holding a handkerchief.

hora Jewish wedding chair dance bride groom

hora Jewish wedding chair dance bride groom

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Mazel tov! – Jewish Wedding Traditions was last modified: June 16th, 2015 by Ajalon

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