Artists dancing on Fikadu’s wedding day


Ethiopian culture is one of the most diverse on the African continent, and it has mostly remained untouched over time. The Ethiopian ethnic wedding ceremony, as a result, is a sight to behold. The following is a basic rundown of what to expect at an Ethiopian wedding. On the morning of the wedding, the groom prepares himself at home with his groomsmen. In the meantime, the bridesmaids congregate at the bride’s family house, where the bride begins her preparations. The members of the household also prepare the house for the significant visitors. When the groom and his party arrive to the bride’s residence, they discover that everyone is prepared, including the bride. The residents of the bride’s home go outside and perform a traditional song declaring that no one will be allowed in. The groom begs to be let in as part of the celebration. The groom is let into the house after a brief tug of war in the form of song, when he walks up to the bride and presents her with flowers. The bride accepts the present with a hug and kiss before being escorted to their vehicle. After then, everyone exits the house, gets into their cars, and drives to the next ceremony. The camera and video team captures images and films of the ‘road party’ on the route to the next ceremony’s location. The wedding car takes the lead, followed by all of the other cars. Flowers hang from the windows of all the automobiles, and everyone inside sings traditional wedding melodies. After that, everyone goes to a beautiful garden to shoot wedding photos for about an hour.

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