What is a chuppah?

The chuppah (pronounced KOO-PAH, also spelled huppah and pronounced HOO-PAH) is the canopy under which a Jewish wedding ceremony occurs. The groom escorts the bride to the chuppah, then the bride and groom, their parents, and the rabbi stand beneath the chuppah during the wedding ceremony.

In an earlier era, the chuppah symbolized the bridal chamber, but it now symbolizes the home that the newlywed couple will make for themselves. In colloquial or informal speech, chuppah may also refer to the wedding ceremony itself.