Arab Wedding Traditions Posted by aziza on Jul 15, 2009 in Arabic Language, Culture
Today is my cousin’s wedding (حفل زفاف), so I thought of writing about weddings in some Arab countries, especially Egypt. Weddings are very important and happy occasions in Arab societies, and they have an important social function in conservative societies. They are the culmination of 2 people and 2 families getting together. Weddings are usually celebrated at night in a celebration that can be big or small depending on the social status and economic capabilities of the couple and their families.
Weddings come after 2 previous stages, which occasionally involve celebrations as well, engagement (الخطبة) and marriage registration (عقد القران). In certain occasions, the registration is done on the same day of the wedding. At a wedding party, the bride (العروس) typically wears a white dress and the groom (العريس) wears a suit. There is always music, whether live or recorded, and dancing, with a lot of food and drink for the guests.
Different countries have different ways of celebrating weddings. In Morocco, for example, wedding celebrations last for several days, and each day has its own routine. Below is a picture of a bride in a Moroccan wedding.
In some rich families and especially in the Gulf, families use party organizers to take care of all the details. In certain situations, there are collective weddings (حفل زفاف جماعي) parties that are sometimes organized by kings (like King of Saudi Arabia who got 800 young people married in a collective wedding this week), and sometimes collective weddings are organized by charities.
Weddings are very happy and usually taxing occasions that require a lot of effort and time for preparations. After the wedding, most couples enjoy a short break for a honey moon (شهر عسل). The typical word to congratulate couple is (مبروك).
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