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Ethiopian cultural dance at a wedding

Ethiopian weddings are colorful celebrations that follow the country’s unique wedding traditions. Despite the fact that many couples choose modern weddings, many young people include traditional customs into their wedding ceremonies. The following are some of Ethiopia’s most well-known wedding customs. Telosh is held two days before the wedding. The groom and his family give the bride a bridal gown or jewels as a gift. The remaining guests then give the bride with their presents, and everyone then sits down to eat. When the bride’s father arrives to pick her up, her entire family gathers outside the house to sing a customary song declaring that no one will be admitted. The groom must ask permission to enter and offer flowers to his bride once the bride’s family has given their approval. After she kisses the flowers, friends and family follow them to the bridal car. One of the oddest Ethiopian wedding traditions is knee kissing. Grandparents of the bride and groom, as well as senior members of the extended family, sit and wait for their grandchildren to arrive at the wedding hall. When the couple walks into the room, they approach the family’s elders and kiss their knees to convey their appreciation and affection. In exchange, the newlyweds receive their grandparents’ blessings. If the couple’s parents live nearby, they will also bless them. Meles is a post-wedding celebration that takes place on the day after the wedding, usually in the evening or late at night. The newlyweds dress up in traditional Kaba attire and proceed to their parents’ home to celebrate their wedding. The family participates in the traditional bread-cutting ceremony at this event. Following the bread cutting, the bride’s mother bestows on her daughter a wedding moniker that everyone will remember. The newlyweds’ parents host a get-together for all of their friends and relatives who were unable to attend the wedding on the third day after the ceremony. The parents of the newlyweds choose the location for this occasion. Parents celebrate and bless their children as they wish them farewell during this time. The bride and groom’s parents are in charge of organizing their children’s weddings. When a female is recognized by the man’s family, his father pays a visit to the girl’s father to begin the matchmaking and courtship process. In some cases, a mediator may be used to help the two families in reaching an agreement. The bride spends time before the wedding preparing herself for a week of wedding festivities. Henna is applied on her palms, feet, and fingernails by beauty experts.

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