Did you know that the Twin Cities is home to the largest Somali population outside of Somalia, Hmong population outside of Laos, the second-largest Vietnamese and Ethiopian populations and has one of the fastest-growing Latino/Hispanic populations in the country?
A recent Nielson Ratings report brought to light the cultural diversity flourishing in the Twin Cities Market, which by the way is currently ranked #16 based on size. This diversity gives us a wealth of opportunity to expand our awareness and to learn more about the cultures and customs that represent a growing part of our community. Many of these customs are being embraced and even adopted outside of the cultures they are known for.
While henna parties are customary for a Somali wedding, this tradition has been adopted by many brides without a Somalian heritage.
Did you know that in traditional Hmong culture, couples were not allowed to marry within their own clan, but must find a mate from another clan? Within the culture the wedding is very much about the families meeting, learning about each other and supporting the couple, and less bride and groom ‘centric’.
Our diverse community offers so much inspiration for creating heartfelt celebrations.