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Weddings are a significant family event and a significant life milestone for couples anywhere in the world. Today we will travel to Ethiopia, my other place of origin, where we will learn about the numerous fascinating traditions that are observed during traditional Ethiopian weddings. Buckle up because Ethiopian weddings typically last three days. Ethiopian custom dictates that when a young man is prepared for marriage, his parents start searching for a bride. The man’s family may begin looking for the perfect bride as soon as he turns 18 years old. In Ethiopia, it is customary for the bride to maintain her virginity up until her marriage. If she doesn’t, the family will feel ashamed. Therefore, in the traditional Ethiopian wedding scenario, the husbands are always older than their wives. Once a young man’s parents have found the perfect marriage for their son, a mediator goes to the parents of the chosen woman to let them know that the man’s family is interested in them. If the lady’s parents agree to the proposal, they set forth rules and conditions that the young man’s family must adhere to. The mediator goes back to the man’s parents, explains the circumstances to them, and then arranges a time for the two families to get together. These young people become engaged, and the two families set the wedding date, after they have a meeting and find common ground. Regarding food, beverages, and other relevant requirements, the families of the groom and the bride assume complete responsibility for the event. The families begin the celebrations far in advance of the wedding day. The celebrations begin a few days before the wedding and linger for several weeks, months, and occasionally even a whole year. With over 80 distinct ethnic groupings, Ethiopia has a very diversified population. Every ethnic group has distinct marital traditions and customs of their own. As an illustration, in the Tigre cultural context, the bride’s family women gather to celebrate the upcoming wedding by cooking the popularly recognized Ethiopian porridge known as Genfo.

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