Discovery Familia Delves Deeper Into The Gypsy World With The Premiere Of MI GRAN BODA GITANA
In time for Valentine’s Day, the network’s new series profiles the life, customs and lavish weddings of the tight-knit Gypsy community in the United States
MIAMI, Feb. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The United States is a fusion of communities and cultures, but there is one in particular that isn’t well known: In the new series MI GRAN BODA GITANA, Discovery Familia examines the world of gypsies in this country and their customs, culture and celebrations. MI GRAN BODA GITANA premieres on Discovery Familia on February 17 and will air Tuesdays at 10PM E/P.
An estimated one million gypsies live in the US, but most keep their identities a secret to avoid the prejudice directed against their communities. In private, however, their lifestyles are anything but discrete, combining tradition with modern influences. Gypsy culture is characterized by extravagant and unpredictable celebrations, most notably weddings and, especially, the wedding dress. In this new series, viewers will see brides walk to the altar in some of the biggest, most colorful and extravagant dresses imaginable. Made by Sondra Celli, the fashion designer most in demand among Gypsy or Roma women, they include eye-catching specimens such as a 24-karat gold gown and a feathered creation sporting illuminated angel wings.
Beyond showcasing their outsized weddings and majestic attire, the new series explores stories of modern young gypsies committed to maintaining their identity and customs while forging a life outside of their local communities. Examples include the story of Danny, who wants to marry a non-gypsy girl from North Carolina, but his mother refuses to grant him permission and does everything she can to stop her son from “diluting his gypsy blood” by marrying an “American”; and Heather, a teenager who has gone against gypsy traditions and stayed in school till 18. Now she is on the verge of graduating and has to decide if she goes to college, or she stays in her culture and marry a gypsy boy.
Men are the heads of the household in this culture, but brides are the ones in control on a couple’s wedding day, making sure their fabulous dress is always the center of attention. Here are some characteristics of these unique celebrations:
Brides gauge the success of their dresses by the cuts and bruises they leave on their bodies on the day of the wedding. The voluminous skirts and gem-incrusted bodices can weigh much more than the bride herself.
Gypsy bachelorette parties are all about fun, but in moderation. The focus of the attention is the bride-to-be’s dress, which should be the second most extraordinary outfit she will wear in her life (after her wedding dress).
On weddings or other special events, all members of the family participate in the celebration, traveling from around the world to get there. Gypsy parties often have hundreds or thousands of guests.
Gypsies usually marry in their teens, with their parents arranging most matches.
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