We recently wrote that divorce is becoming more normalized in American culture. Although it is still emotionally painful and can come with feelings of loss and grief, it can also be a time to celebrate new beginnings and commemorate the happier times in the marriage.
That's why more Florida residents are now marking the finalization of their divorce with a divorce party. These parties can be simple or elaborate, but most involve a small gathering of friends. Some couples even choose to throw a divorce party together.
Americans aren't the only ones celebrating divorces in this fashion. In fact, divorce celebrations in Japan can be even more elaborate. Divorcing couples routinely pay $690 to have a "divorce ceremony," which has nearly the same pomp and circumstance as a wedding.
The cost of the ceremony includes a buffet meal for guests. At the end, the couple smashes their wedding rings with a gavel. Women also celebrate the occasion by wearing a ceremonial "divorce dress." Because daisies symbolize an "amicable or platonic relationship" in Japanese culture, the dresses are daisy yellow in color.
While divorce ceremonies have been around for a few years, those who work in this niche market say that requests for divorce ceremonies have tripled since the massive tsunami in March of this year.
One ceremony planner says: "The March 11 disaster made many couples rethink their priorities. Some found that work was a higher priority to them than family, and this helped people gain the confidence to decide on a divorce."
Just like with American divorce parties, these ceremonies aren't for everyone. Generally, they are for couples who divorce on good terms and wish to remain friends afterward.
Source: Reuters, "Divorce ceremonies pick up in Japan after disaster," Hyun Oh, 04 July 2011
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