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Wedding Culture

August 15, 2010

The wedding ceremony is an integral part of almost all cultures each with their own traditions and rituals. In Sudan the groom has to pay 20 – 40 cattles for the bride whilst in China as part of the wedding ceremony, tea is served to the elders. In Australia however, most tend to follow the traditional “white” wedding. Weddings has served in our current culture as a way to celebrate the union of two people and the joining of two families. The celebrations usually incorporate two events, the actual wedding ceremony and wedding feast.

Bridezilla is a new term that has entered our culture.
It is defined in Wikipedia as a “difficult, unpleasant, perfectionist bride” and has spawned its own reality TV Show from company, WeTV. This represents the “bad” side to the wedding culture and reflects on the current “me” generation.

Bridezilla

Why are weddings so important? As a tradition it has endured thousands of years, some view it as a joining of families for arranged marriages, a public declaration of love or to build a solid foundation for a family. A question that was raised by Tim Dick from the Sydney Morning Herald is why marriage is currently only restricted to man and woman. It opens the question, should same sex unions by afforded the opportunity for their own wedding? This would be a radical culture shift from societal norms. Changing the current culture is never an easy process and is more gradual then sudden.

References

African People and Culture – Wedding Ceremonies
http://www.africaguide.com/culture/weddings.htm

Chinese Wedding Customs and Rituals
http://www.chinabridal.com/etiquette.htm

Bridezilla
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridezilla_%28term%29

Bridezillas – TV Show
http://www.wetv.com/bridezillas/index.html

Gay marriage: what would it really take?
by Tim Dick, August 18 2010
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/gay-marriage-what-would-it-really-take-20100818-1292p.html

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Australia’s Fair Go Culture

August 10, 2010

Australia has defined part of its culture with the concept of a “fair go”. With Tourism Australia stating in its website that “It’s all about a fair go, the great outdoors and a healthy helping of irony“. In the TV Show A Fair Go, whilst discussing multiculturalism the host comments on “so-called Australian values – like mateship, and the notion of a fair go“. In the article from the Age, they asked Bibi Lall Mohamed from Mauritius what she loved about Australia. She replied “We loved Australia from the outset. To begin with, there’s so much space but it’s also the fact that people here give you a fair go.

Compared to other countries, Australia with a stable judicial system and economy can best afford its people and migrants an equal opportunity. In other countries where corruption is rampant, only those with money or connections are able to prosper. I personally migrated here from another country as the “fair go” culture in Australia provided the relevant opportunities to establish myself. The “fair go” culture allows those who are willing to work hard, the chance to succeed.

References :

Australia Culture – Tourism Australia
http://www.australia.com/about/culture.aspx

A Fair Go
Broadcasted on ABC on Monday 12th February 2007
Hosted by Jeff McMullen
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/differenceofopinion/episodes/episode_01.htm

People in Australia give you a fair go
By Martin Flanagan – July 21 2003
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/07/20/1058639659641.html

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Sporting Culture

August 4, 2010

World Cup 2010 is the biggest sporting spectacle this year. Even those in Australia who don’t follow soccer (football) passionately supported the Socceroos in their quest for World Cup glory.

How much is sport worth to you?
As described in Sydney Morning Herald Article, in Somalia, watching the World Cup is illegal and as reported “Two Somali football fans have been killed by Islamic militants after being caught watching World Cup matches“. Sheik Mohamed Abdi Aros describes this sporting event as “a waste of money and time and they will not benefit anything or get any experience by watching mad men jumping up and down“. It’s tragic to hear about the deaths, there is a definite breakdown in ideals for those who follow the culture of sport and those who view it as a worthless pursuit to engage in.

In NSW supporters dressed in their club colours religiously attend rugby league games cheering on their team weekly and according to NRL Figures over 85,000 attended last year’s grand final between Melbourne and Paramatta.

It’s hard to describe what drives the sporting culture? Marcia Henin describes the main reason for watching sport is “people like to watch competitions is because they tend to identify themselves with the winners“. I think it’s hard to fathom that the interest is simply people projecting their sporting heroes wins upon themselves.

I believe some grew up with the parents supporting a team and the kids following suit. For others it’s the thrill of the competition where every split second decision can result in a win or loss. I feel it’s more of an escapism in something bigger, the sense of belonging and following a particular team and sharing the euphoria of a win (or the sadness of a loss).

References

Football fans executed for watching World Cup
June 15, 2010
http://www.smh.com.au/world-cup-2010/world-cup-news/football-fans-executed-for-watching-world-cup-20100615-ybrj.html

Storms vs Eels Grand Final 2009
October 4, 2009
http://www.nrl.com/telstrapremiership/scores/tabid/10240/roundid/833/fixtureid/5801/infotabid/4/default.aspx

Why do we like to watch sport competitions?
by Marcia Henin
http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/39157/recreation_and_sports/why_do_we_like_to_watch_sport_competitions.html