In a world where people increasingly live their lives through the prism of social media, the divorce party is just another opportunity for content. Personal announcements about people’s lives have become de rigueur on social media. We can track the lives of our friends’ children from baby scan to their first day of school. Staged and cringe-worthy influencer engagement proposals are becoming increasingly popular, weddings are over the top elaborate affairs, often becoming a week-long festival rather than a one-day event, and celebrities are making public announcements when their relationships end. So it makes sense that the divorce party would become the latest event in a person’s life that they can publicise.
While the concept of a divorce party may be a fairly new phenomenon, many other cultures have rituals to mark the transition from marriage back to the single life. In Judaism, a document called the ‘Get’ is presented from husband to wife in the presence of a rabbi and witnesses, the point of which is to symbolise the end of the union between the parties.