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Journalist Tewodros Asfaw “kilkil” program

Transitioning from one status to another occurs frequently in human life. During the transitional period, rituals are carried out. One of these rituals is the rite of passage. It is a customary celebration that signifies a person’s rise through the social ranks. One of the rites of passage is marriage. The children born to the woman are acknowledged as the legal children of both parents. It is a union between a man and a woman. A Kelekel (mixing together) is held on the third day for all the extended family members who were unable to attend the wedding. The venue for this has been decided upon by the newlyweds’ parents. At the conclusion of this ritual, the parents bless, congratulate, and bid their children farewell. This occasion is significant because it will be the last opportunity for those family members to interact before the subsequent wedding. The bridal preparations are crucial as the wedding day draws near. The bride has henna applied by beauty professionals to her palms, fingernails, and feet as she gets ready for a week of wedding festivities. The bride and groom must spend their honeymoon at the groom’s parents’ house for a period of one to three weeks in accordance with Ethiopian cultural marriage traditions. The bride is not permitted to leave the house during the day during this time.

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