The giving of the Arras
USINFO | 2013-11-29 16:42

The giving of the Arras is also predominant in the Hispanic culture. The Arras is a small box containing thirteen either gold or silver coins. The thirteen coins represents Christ and His twelve Apostles. The groom presents the Arras to the bride after the vows have been exchanged as a symbol of his readiness to provide financial support in their married life. This also signifies good financial stewardship of the household. When the groom gives the coins to the bride she promises to use them wisely. 

In these more modern times of two people often contributing financially to the household this custom still reflects the religious intent of a united couple managing finances through prayer. 
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