I watched the wedding at home this morning with a Middle Eastern teenager I’m homeschooling for a term.
His reaction was, “Wow, it’s so serious. We have a lot of fun at Middle Eastern weddings!”
I told him that the wedding part was equivalent to the “signing of the act” in the Middle Eastern ceremony, and that there is a party afterward called a reception, which is usually held at another location.
My student enjoyed seeing the beautiful construction of the church, and really enjoyed seeing the cars and carriages the royals arrived and left in.
During the ceremony, my student asked, “Don’t they say, ‘Now you may kiss the bride?’ ” I didn’t have an answer for him right then as to why this had been left out. Later I found out they had saved it for later on the balcony of the Palace, in front of all the people. I was able to call my student on the telephone just in time, and he turned his home TV.
Some Middle Eastern teenage girls I talked to were extremely surprised at the fact that British people in general would be so interested in the marriage of a prince. The British children and teenagers at school were extremely excited about the royal wedding, and some of them even jumped up and down. A few Middle Eastern students watched some of the wedding at school with some of the British students.
Teenagers I know told me that in their own country, no one would camp out in the streets overnight, much less for days, to catch a glimpse of a prince, or spend their time “waiting” to see royalty. They said they just couldn’t believe how popular the British royalty is.
When I asked why not, I was told that it’s a way of thinking, that waiting for someone means that you debase yourself and elevate someone else as more important by waiting for them. When I explained that the British princes are as popular as rock stars, the teenage girls replied that in the Middle East, no one would camp out waiting for rock stars, either!