Marriage is undoubtedly a transcendental decision in life of couples and over time the manner of its celebration has diversified with various cultural rites and ceremonies.
Within the new alternatives, customs of various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and even local or symbolic rites are emerging, which are gradually becoming more popular with customers.
“Symbolic weddings have become very popular, just as Colombia has opened a market with specialists. Currently, the best trend is creativity and innovation in events, “said Satori Sochandamandu, President of the Colombian Association of Event Professionals (Asocolwep).
The luxury wedding planner also explained that another trend, beyond the chosen rite or religion, is the use of natural, biodegradable elements that generate the least impact on the environment. And he recalled that the main thing to choose the person to formalize the wedding is “the relationship you have with her is.”
With the resumption of events as of September 2020 (the year in which 36,798 civil marriages were registered in the country), there has been a gradual recovery, which has benefited more than 800,000 businessmen in the industry.
Although new alternatives are emerging, at the same time, traditional celebrations such as those of the Catholic or Christian religions continue to intensify.
Stephanie Escalante, director of Life Events Weddings and Events, stressed that “Colombians are still very traditional”, but these new rituals have also been added to the usual celebrations, such as light or sand, with which couples reinforce the concept of “termination” marriage. . to be two, to be one ”.
“They are rituals that are included in the spiritual part without leaving. “There are people who do not believe in something like that, but want to include a ritual in their marriage,” said Escalante.
It should be remembered that in the case of certain religions or rites, the marriage has no civil effect until it is registered with a notary.
Ritual of indivisible colored sand
One of the options that has become popular at local celebrations is the sand ritual. The couples have sand in two different colors, which after a few words they pour into a glass container, making curves, as a sign of union.
The reflection is that once the colored sands are mixed, it will be almost physically impossible to separate them, which also emphasizes that this is how marriage must be, inseparable. This type of practice is usually included in other ceremonies, especially when performed outdoors or on beaches.
The ceremony of light and unity
The ceremony of light also gained strength for marriages. In this rite, the couples have a small candle, with which, once lit, they light a larger candle at the same time as a symbol of union in the marriage in which they become one.
This tradition can also have a variable, and that is that the parents of the newlyweds are the ones who light the candles as a sign that two families are reuniting. This alternative is usually used in more enclosed spaces and with more vintage concepts.
The Kogui ritual of returning to the ancestors
Some couples attribute ancestral traditions to the celebration of the Kogui Rite (a local community in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta) performed by a spiritual guide known as “Mom” who will be responsible for sharing thoughts on this new stage as a couple. and recommendations and will take you through a ceremony that includes four steps: confession, cleansing, gluing, and finally a formal marriage. This ceremony is also used by couples to renew vows.
The red thread that never breaks
Emphasizing the Japanese legend of the red thread, which tells that there is an invisible thread (tied to the heart), which unites people destined to meet, which can intertwine, stretch, but never break.
This rite consists of tying a red thread on the little fingers of the newlyweds to emphasize that they have found their “soul mate” and that from there begins a stronger and more indestructible relationship. It is usually used after other religious or symbolic ceremonies as a romantic addition to the holiday.