As the political situation of the Palestinians has changed, so too have the customs and practices of Palestinians in the Diaspora. Using Eric Hobsbawm's concept of ““invented tradition”” as a point of departure, this article explores the origins, functions, and implications of some of the elements——including dance, song, and costume——of Palestinian-American wedding celebrations in the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area, which since the first intifada have evolved into occasions for celebrating nationalist as well as communal identity.

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