Priyanka and Nick: The Diversity in Weddings

Photo Creds: The National

Plastered all across various social media platforms, this wedding was as glamorous as it can ever be. The teenage heartthrob from Texas is marrying the successful actress from India. You have both Hollywood and Bollywood combined in a day where love and passion are intertwined, while many stay tuned to gather as many photos and videos as possible.

This wedding is being showcased as if it was a royal wedding itself. Once the photos are released, many are in awe at how glamorous the wedding is. As time goes by, people get taken back by how many events take place. Weeks pass by and the events continue. Why is this wedding being drawn so far through? We are all so tired of hearing it, why is it still going on?

Well kids, sit tight because you are in for quite a lesson. Welcome to traditional South Asian weddings.

We aren’t your typical westernized wedding, where all events take place within a day or two. No, we don’t keep it simplistic and small. We go all out and party hard.

For South Asians, weddings are VERY symbolic. They celebrate the day the couple is grown enough to be independent on their own together. It isn’t just a one day event. We have traditional events throughout the entire course of the wedding: beginning, middle, and end. So when I started seeing how people here in the west were judging Priyanka and Nick’s wedding, it really irritated me. You are willing to put down a cultural, symbolic event just because it doesn’t match yours. You don’t take the time of day to learn about how other ethnicities celebrate weddings.

It’s hilarious to me how people here are opinionated enough to judge the layout of Priyanka’s wedding, yet lack the knowledge of South Asian weddings in general. Remember, she is the first South Asian actress in both Hollywood and Bollywood to air her wedding so publicly in both platforms. Yes, it leaves an open platform for criticism, but it also airs out those who are blatantly ignorant towards cultural weddings, period.

This is the perfect time to educate yourself on traditional practices that don’t fit the norm. Ones that are kept in silence because western media continues to erase what isn’t white-centric. So before taking the chance to criticize the practice, take a minute to learn others perspectives. You may find something interesting along the way.

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