Ethiopian weddings are colorful celebrations that represent Ethiopian wedding traditions. Despite the fact that many couples opt for modern weddings, many young people include traditional rituals in their wedding ceremonies. Here are some of Ethiopia’s most well-known wedding traditions. Two days prior to the wedding, Telosh is held. The groom and his family give the bride a bridal gown or jewels as a gift. The remaining guests then present the bride with their presents before sitting down to eat. When the bride’s father arrives to pick her up, the entire bride’s family gathers outside the house to sing a traditional song declaring that no one will be allowed in. The groom must ask permission to enter and offer flowers to his bride after 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 older members of the extended family, await the arrival of their grandchildren at the wedding hall. When the couple walks inside the room, they approach the family elders and kiss their knees to demonstrate their appreciation and affection. In exchange, the newlyweds receive their grandparents’ blessings. If the couple’s parents live nearby, they will also shower them with blessings. Meles is a post-wedding party that takes place the day after the wedding, usually in the evening or late at night.