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|Something Old, Something New: Ethnic Weddings
in Greater Lowell
This exhibit on ethnic wedding traditions represents a local component to the larger exhibit Something Old, Something New: Ethnic Weddings in America, which is simultaneously on display in the Working People Exhibit of the Mogan Cultural Center. Featuring photographs by Katrinka Thomas of New York City and co-sponsored by the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies of Philadelphia and Modern Bride Magazine, that exhibit celebrates ethnic traditions as they are passed down to succeeding generations over time.
The purpose of this Lowell-based exhibit is to acquaint visitors with wedding traditions as they are practiced in the neighborhoods of Greater Lowell and celebrated in homes, churches, temples, and catering halls. The exhibit affirms the importance of ethnicity, which thrives in Lowell, and affords an opportunity to view and learn more about wedding traditions, old and new.
Common to the wedding customs presented in this exhibit are the three themes of tradition, ethnicity and personal identity, which are continually realized through the treasured pictures and momentos that have been shared by the participants for this community exhibit.
While weddings are commonplace, each couple creates, changes and re-fashions their own wedding to reflect their unique circumstances, their cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds and their personal wishes to have a perfect wedding day.
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