I was coming back home from the beach in Jounieh, when I spotted an ad that took up the entire length of an apartment building. The ad was for a tourism company specializing in civil marriages in Cyprus.
I didn’t manage to snap a shot of the aforementioned ad, but found a similar one on another Lebanese blog. Apparently this is nothing new!
I first came across the whole “Civil Marriage in Cyprus” thing when I was looking into vacation packages from Lebanon to Cyprus. I always thought that the only reason people eloped was because the parents didn’t approve. Yes, I know. How NAIVE! It was only when I started to learn more about Lebanon and the Middle East, that I learned people in this region, elope mostly out of necessity..I wonder if they still have huge Lebanese weddings in Cyprus, or wait to throw the wedding reception once they get back to Lebanon, or if it’s looked down upon to elope..if you know, enlighten me!
Advertisements like the one above make a mockery of the laws and traditions that forbid inter-religious marriages in Lebanon. Admittedly I do not know all of the specifics that govern the multitude of religious sects here, but I know enough to understand that it continues to cause strife in people both young and old, as families pass down the tradition of wanting their children to marry within the confines of their religious faith. As if that isn’t enough, there is also the added pressure of being from the same financial background and upbringing. It seems like being in love is the last thing that is taken into consideration. When it really should be the first.
Sometimes I wonder why people complicate their lives so much. I have only been here for five months, and have already heard countless stories of men and women not being able to be together because of religious reasons. It’s sad is what it is.
Anyhow, I was doing some research on the whole Civil Marriage phenomenon, and came across some brilliant Exotica ads from 2007 covering the topic of marriage.
The baggage sticker on this last bouquet reads “LCA” which stands for Larnarca International Airport in Cyprus.
Brilliant! Brilliant indeed. I really admire Exotica’s ability to creatively explore controversial subjects through the use of flowers. Not an easy feat.