Lidia Celebrates America: Weddings: Something Borrowed, Something New

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“At the heart of Lidia Celebrates America is my own immigrant experience. When I came to this country at the age of 12, I had already spent two years in a political refugee camp. Whenever I meet American families with roots in other countries I know immediately that we have something in common.”
— Lidia Bastianich

A blushing bride glows in her gold-trimmed red sari. Mardi Gras Indians dressed in vibrant feathers move to the beat of a drum. A happy couple, clad in jewel-toned robes, bow reverently before their elders. From jumping the broom to tying the knot, wedding celebrations in America are as diverse as the nation itself.

Celebrity chef and culinary author Lidia Bastianich cordially invites viewers to be her “plus one” on a cross-country matrimonial odyssey in her new PBS prime-time special. This one‐hour program explores America’s rich cultural heritage as seen through the lens of its wedding ceremonies and the special foods and traditions associated with them.

Lidia Celebrates America: Weddings: Something Borrowed, Something New premiered in April, 2012 on PBS.

“Weddings are really telling of a culture, and they are all beautifully different,” says Lidia, who marries her passion for food with her love of family in the special.” Each ceremony is a celebration of family, continuity and new life.”

In Weddings: Something Borrowed, Something New, Lidia attends four wedding celebrations:

Bride and groom in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony

A Punjabi and Sri Lankan Wedding in Chicago

Lidia Bastianich joins in the preparations for a lavish Punjabi and Sri Lankan wedding in Chicago. Continue

groom and bride dancing with feathered umbrellas in the "second line"

Let the Good Times Roll: A New Orleans Wedding

Lidia Bastianich attends a New Orleans wedding featuring Mardi Gras Indians, and traditional foods such as jambalaya, crawfish and pralines. Continue

A Korean wedding tradition, the groom carries the bride on her back

A Korean Wedding in Queens

Lidia Bastianich meets David and Jessica, who are preparing for their traditional Korean wedding ceremony. Continue

During the wedding ceremony, the bride smiles at her groom

An Irish- and Italian-American Wedding

Lidia Bastianich attends the marriage of her niece, and of two cultures – Irish-American and Italian-American. Continue

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