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Throughout my childhood, I always assumed everyone celebrated Christmas the same way. Little did I know, many of my family’s silly traditions simply exist because of my late grand-mère. Many of them are reflections of her favorite things and people. Being the center of our family, we all happily followed her lead and never questioned their origin. Now that she has passed away, I pledge to continue them in her memory. Keep reading »

10 New Year’s Traditions And Superstitions

Most people will bring in 2011 by watching the New Year’s countdown in Times Square, going to church or attending a party. Kissing someone hot and sexy, whether a current flame or a potential new one, is a high priority at the stroke of midnight. But there are other, lesser-known traditions. If 2010 wasn’t that great for you, maybe you should ring in the new year with the following traditions and superstitions to increase your chances of gettin’ lucky in 2011. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “My Boyfriend Is Insistent That I Take His Name If We Marry”

I have been dating a wonderful man for two years and we have been talking about getting married. The only problem is that it’s very important to him that I take his last name. He thinks it would make us feel more like a family and serve as a sign of my devotion to him. If I decided not to take his name, he said it wouldn’t change him wanting to marry me, but it would really hurt him. Prior to this, I had had no intention of changing my name when I got married for a number of reasons, one being that I work in a field (music) where name recognition and networking are very important, another being that I have a strong connection to my father’s family. I feel my last name is a part of my identity and I’m scared to lose that. I don’t want to hurt him since I love him and it’s so important to him, but I also don’t want to make a decision I’d regret for the rest of my life. Is there a way to make both of us happy? Please help! — Mrs. Maiden Name

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20 Things You Don’t Have To Do At Your Wedding

Over the last few weeks I’ve answered a couple wedding-related questions in my “Dear Wendy” column that left me wondering why people are still following outdated “rules” when planning a wedding. One person who wrote me worried that her fiancé would have more guests on “his side” than she’d have on hers; the letter I posted yesterday incited a debate about the etiquette of organizing a wedding party. As someone who got married last summer, I know there can be a lot of outside pressure on the people planning the wedding and it’s easy to lose sight of what’s most important and meaningful to them, so after the jump, a helpful reminder of 20 things you do not have to do at your wedding (no matter what the mother-of-the-bride might say!). Keep reading »

A Frog Wedding To Appease Rain God

Oh, Hindu rain god, won’t you please bless this Indian village with rain so defenseless, independent frogs won’t be forced to marry? Villagers in the northeastern In the northeastern state of Asam, marrying frogs is a local custom that villagers say appeases the rain god after a drought. There hasn’t been any rain for the past couple of months, one villager told Reuters. The villager added that she is sure the rain will come soon, now that they have performed the frog wedding. The villagers didn’t take any shortcuts even though this wedding was between amphibians rather than humans, and the priest adhered to Hindu wedding rituals. Local women even gave the “bride” a necklace that she wore with her traditional veil for her big day. “The marriage went off well. Our region is absolutely parched,” said the local priest. “We need rain. We don’t know what else to do.”

Check out the video of the marriage. Surprisingly, the frogs seem to be enjoying the festivities. Keep reading »

A Father’s Blessing: Sexist Tradition Or A Sign Of Respect?

Over on AskMen.com there’s this article all about the importance of asking a father’s permission for his daughter’s hand in marriage, a tradition I guess I wrongly assumed was as relevant as outhouses and chastity belts. According to the article, “while the traditional reasons for asking are now obsolete, popping the question to [a woman’s] father is a sign of respect and should be thought out and prepared for.” The writer (a woman) gives some tips for overcoming any anxieties a guy may have for “popping the question” (ew) to his girl’s dad. Keep reading »

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