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Ethiopian wedding entrance with traditional music

Ethiopian wedding traditions and customs are displayed in colorful weddings there. Even though more and more couples are choosing modern weddings, traditional wedding customs are still prevalent. Here are a few of the most common wedding customs in Ethiopia. Telosh is celebrated two days before the nuptials. The groom and his family present the bride with a bridal gown or jewelry as a wedding gift. Before the meal, the remaining guests give the bride their presents. The bride’s entire family congregates outside the house to sing a traditional song declaring that no one will be let inside before the bride’s father arrives to fetch her up. The bride’s family must first give their consent before the groom can enter and present his bride with flowers. She kisses the flowers and they walk to the bridal car with friends and relatives. An Ethiopian wedding custom that doesn’t seem to match with the rest of the ceremony is knee kissing. Along with the parents of the bride and groom, a large number of elderly relatives attend the wedding and meet their grandchildren there. As they enter the room, they kiss the family’s elders’ knees to express their appreciation for and respect for their achievements. In exchange, the grandparents’ blessings are given to the newlyweds.

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