Tuesday, August 07, 2012
We were recently at a party and I noticed how different manners, traditions and what is expected from you (as a guest) are different NOB as it is SOB.
We have long since adjusted to the grand informality of partying and customs, but there was one couple there that were having a difficult time with some of the issues.
I found some interesting observations from a few sites and blogs on the net. Here are a few.....
WHITES: send out invitations.
MEXICANS: send out maps.
WHITES: receive their invitations 3 months in advance.
MEXICANS: find out about the wedding 1 week before from the tia or the abuela, or the chismosa neighbor. ( aunt, grandmother or gossipy neighbor )
WHITES: have seven Bridesmaids.
MEXICANS: have seven pages of Padrinos. ( Best man)
WHITES: RSVP their invitation.
MEXICANS: show up with three car loads and one gift.
WHITES: go to the wedding AND the reception.
MEXICANS: just go to the reception .
WHITES: have elegant food.
MEXICANS: have arroz, frijoles and birria.
WHITES: order the cake from a bakery.
MEXICANS: have their cake done by la señora down the street.
WHITES: eat the food and cake.
MEXICANS: eat the food and cake.......... AND take some home para mañana.
WHITES: at the reception, they drink wine.
MEXICANS: at the reception, they drink Coors, Budweiser. Bud Light , Bud Ice , Corona , Tecate, Pacifico, Casadores, Patron, Presidente, Jose Cuervo , Gusano's, Reposado, and anything else that is not glued to the decorations.
WHITES: relatives get drunk and pass out.
MEXICANS: get drunk, shed a few tears and start singing to Vicente Fernandez songs, fight, then show up at your house drink more, then pass out.
WHITES: dance at the party....................YEAH RIGHT!!!
MEXICANS: dance at the party to Norteñas, Rancheras, Reggaeton, Rap, Old School, Oldies, House, then precede drunk to the parking lot and resume the dancing.
WHITES: party ends at midnight.
MEXICANS: party ends when the COPS show up , then everyone goes to your house lol.
WHITES: wake up the next morning NOT WANTING another beer.
MEXICANS: wake up the next morning at your house WANTING another beer and left over menudo and pastel.
Just as a personal note, I have participated to my astonishment in some of these rituals which I have denied the next day.....but have been shown video evidence of later......
It's all fun.