After the yichud ends, it’s time for a few more wedding traditions. The newlyweds make their first appearance as man and wife, descending from the chuppah to dance at the reception with both sets of parents and grandparents. Two dances are unique to Jewish weddings. The first is called the hora, where guests form a circle around the couple and hoist them into the air while they dance together. This custom has roots in ancient times when brides were taken from their homes by force during war or plundered by pirates, so dancing helped protect against such circumstances. Today, this tradition is done out of celebration rather than fear! The reception meal also starts with a blessing, hamotzi, with a loaf of challah bread enjoyed during holidays, it symbolizes love. After all these, the second dance is called the mezinke, and it’s a special dance for the parents of the bride or groom when their last child weds. This dance signifies the end of their parenting journey and the beginning of a new chapter in their lives.