The Hora Dance is done in a circle to the music of the traditional Jewish song, The song is usually Hava Nagila. The bride and groom are lifted into the air on chairs while their friends and family dance in a circle around them. It is a great opportunity for fun and animated candid photos of the bride and groom on their chairs grasping the side of chair making sure they don’t fall off the chair and the family and guests having a blast. See these images of the hora dance that have been captured. See more Jewish wedding traditions

the hora dance

hora dance

Jewish Wedding Traditions & Customs

While wedding ceremonies vary, common features of a Jewish wedding include a ketubah (marriage contract) which is signed by two witnesses, a wedding canopy (chuppah or huppah), a ring owned by the groom that is given to the bride under the canopy and the breaking of a glass.

The Jewish wedding process has two distinct stages:kiddushin (sanctification or dedication, also called erusin, betrothal in Hebrew) and nissuin (marriage), when the couple start their life together. The first stage prohibits the woman to all other men, requiring a religious divorce (get) to dissolve, and the final stage permits the couple to each other.

The ceremony that accomplishes nisuin is known as chuppah. Today, erusin/kiddushin occurs when the groom gives the bride a ring or other object of value with the intent of creating a marriage. There are differing opinions as to which part of the ceremony constitutes nissuin/chuppah; they include standing under the canopy – itself called a chuppah – and being alone together in a room (yichud). While historically these two events could take place as much as a year apart, they are now commonly combined into one ceremony. Source Wikipedia.

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Jewish Wedding Traditions and Customs

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