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5 famous weddings of Ethiopian celebrities

The groom sends the elders (Shimagle), who then request a partnership between the parties, to start the wedding procedure. The elders talk about the dowry and confirm that the putative bride and groom are not related by looking back at least seven generations to determine their lineage. Following the dowry agreement and confirmation that the prospective bride and groom are unrelated, the wedding is announced, and families start preparing for the church or mosque ceremony as well as the mels or melsi ceremony. The bride and groom gather at the groom’s home early the morning of the wedding and travel to the bride’s parents’ home to begin the wedding ceremony. The bride gets ready and waits for the groom to arrive at the home of the bride’s parents. The bride’s family and friends gravely block the entrance to the house as the groom and his wedding party arrive. To get them to enter the house so that the groom can take the bride with him, the grooms must either serenade or bribe them. The best man also carries perfumes and sprays them all over the bride’s family’s house. Following this ritual, the man scoops up his wife, and together they enter the church or mosque to exchange wedding vows in a procession.
The wedding procession travels to the park or garden after the religious ceremony, where lunch is provided to the guests. After the ceremony, visitors are typically sent to the reception while they snap pictures. Several traditional dances are performed at the reception, depending on the ethnic community the family belongs to. Ethiopian weddings typically feature live music, Ethiopian food, and a morning-long celebration.

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