Some of the best memories that we share show how we celebrated each other's culture.
For example: Our Wedding Day
My husband and I had a beautiful small wedding on Kailua Beach in Hawai'i. While there in Hawai'i my then fiancee, his mother and his aunt were able to experience some of my Hawaiian culture. This included the food, people, land and stories.
Lei in the Hawaiian culture can symbolize many things. It is a symbol of love, respect, honor, peace etc. In modern Hawaiian culture the Lei is used to celebrate people and show love for someone. That being said, of course lei played a significant role in my wedding. The men involved in the wedding wore Maile Lei. This is a lei that used to symbolize royalty. In ancient Hawaiian times it was royalty who used the Maile Lei. In modern Hawaiian culture it is often used in many types of celebrations including Weddings, Birthdays, and Anniversaries etc.
Example 2: The Party
In relation to our marriage and celebrating our marriage I also had the chance to learn about my husband’s culture.
My mother in law and her cousin were gracious enough to throw a party in California (where we live) to celebrate our marriage with those who could not make it out to Hawai’i. In order to fully kick off the party my husband and I “Jumped the Broom.” This was a way to pay homage to my husband’s ancestors and culture. Jumping the broom symbolizes sweeping away past wrongs, evils and/or bad spirits. It symbolizes starting the marriage on a clean slate. This was such a great experience. In fact we still have our beautiful broom hanging up in our Bedroom. I’m so happy that we were both able to share our cultures with each other to start off our new lives together!
We have a little bit of both cultures hanging up in the house! In fact we have my husband’s Maile lei up on the mantle. We also have the very broom that we jumped over together hanging up in our bedroom. Both items are great reminders of not only our wedding but also our commitment to each other. They are reminders of where we both came from and how we have now merged our cultures to form a beautiful family together. And then there’s those 2 beautiful kids…how can you not love those beautiful faces (they must look like their Mom, just kidding babe *muah*).