A “tree-mendous” wedding

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A “tree-mendous” wedding

A woman poses with her tree after saying “I do.”

A woman poses with her tree after saying “I do.”

A woman poses with her tree after saying “I do.”

A woman poses with her tree after saying “I do.”

Isabel Platis, News Editor

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Imagine it’s your wedding day. You look stunning with your professional hair and makeup and your dress is everything you ever wanted. You start to get nervous as you slowly make your way down the aisle, smiling at the groom. Vows are read and the priest pronounces you husband and wife. You try to give him a hug, but he’s a lot bigger than you so you only to manage to wrap your arms around half of his body. Unfortunately, you two can’t ride away into the sunset together because he’s stuck in the ground. Did I mention your husband was a tree? Yes, you heard that right. Welcome to Oaxaca, Mexico, where women are marrying trees.

Although it would be pretty funny if women were actually marrying trees because they couldn’t find a decent guy, there’s a meaning behind it. All the “tree-marrying” women are activists who are trying to raise awareness for the illegal logging issue, or clearing of land, in San Jacinto Amilpas, Mexico. They organized an event called “Marry a Tree” where women from various activist groups showed up in white dresses and pretended to marry a tree as a way of honoring their environment that is heavily impacted by deforestation. It may not be a legally binding marriage, but it’s certainly a symbolic one. Tree bride Andrea Tanat mentioned that although it isn’t a real marriage, getting hitched with a tree still requires “serious commitment.” This ritual was originally started by an organization called Bendani and eventually turned into these symbolic weddings based on Inca customs. “Marry a tree is a way of protesting, to say that we need to stop exterminating Mother Earth every day, every minute, and every second,” said tree bride Dolores Leycigi. In Mexico, one third of the land is covered by forest, and every day some part of it is being cut down and destroyed. These activists aren’t messing around and won’t stop until actions are taken to protect Mexico’s land. Until then, these tree marrying women said “I do” and committed to not only the tree, but all of nature.

 

 

 

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