Submitted By hollywoodnash
Public Ritual and its Significance
Public ceremony has been a part of human civilization for as long as there has been recorded history. The diversity of ceremony range from the grand religious to the informal secular. I will examine the common wedding ceremony as it is commonly practiced in western civilization. Most wedding ceremonies contain religious elements. Many wedding occur within the confines of a church or are presided over by a member of the clergy. It is not uncommon for non-religious people to join churches or to pay for the use of a church for their ceremony. This speaks to the ingrained traditional relevance of God in marriage. While non-traditional weddings are becoming more common, even then you can find religious elements to the ceremony. The attire of the ceremony plays a significant part of the ritual. The bridal party, consisting of the Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids, and Groomsmen, are distinctly dressed. Traditionally, the Groomsmen wear formal attire consisting of a Tuxedo, or in some cases, a formal ceremonial uniform. The Groomsmen attire is typically identical to each other. However, the best man sometimes is differentiated with a slight difference in apparel, such as a color or accessory. This slight difference distinguishes him from the others. The groom wears formal attire, but it is usually different from that of his groomsmen. The difference in attire is usually significant as to identify him as the groom. The overall perception is to express the importance of the event by wearing formal attire. The bride typically wears a wedding dress. The dress is a formal dress. The color of the dress is significant. The wedding dress is traditionally white. The color is to represent the purity of the bride, as in traditionally being a virgin. In modern society, the color has simply become the traditional color. The bridesmaids also wear…...