Ethiopian orthodox wedding reception Meron Tesfaye and Dawit Fantaye

On the first day of the wedding, some couples may opt to dress in the traditional kabas. The brides typically wear white wedding gowns, and the groom typically dons a suit before donning the male Kaba as they enter the church, but since the clothing is only a covering, this is not uncommon. However, on the second day of the wedding, the Kaba is essentially necessary. They dress in the Habesha Kemis for women and the Habesha Libs for men. The bride also spends hours braiding her hair, getting a bridal henna tattoo, and getting gold jewelry. For the rest of the family, it is customary for the women to dress in their finest Netela and large, entirely handmade white cotton scarves from Ethiopia. The kabas for the bride and groom may need to be bought or rented. Before the wedding, it is customary for the groom and his family to present the bride with a number of gifts, including the bridal gown and jewelry. Presenters from other parties may also join in and contribute gifts. Additionally, it is customary for the groom’s parents to plan the evening meal. Ethiopia has a long history of traditional Christianity. Consequently, it is customary for the priest to bless the couple on their wedding day. The length of the church service may vary depending on the denomination. The length of an Orthodox Christian service can reach three hours. An Ethiopian specialty served at weddings is the kitfo dish. Before the Tej is served, this meal comprised of raw, minced beef is served. The dance starts as soon as the meals are over. Everyone should display their best Eskimo moves at this time. The Eskista dance is a traditional Ethiopian dance routine in which you essentially shake your shoulders while moving, standing, shaking your head, placing your hands on your hips, or however you like.

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