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“Melis” program of comedian Eshetu

Ethiopian wedding customs have existed for a very long time and are unmatched in their depth of tradition, familial love, and historical passages from the imperial era to the present, with only subtle differences in tone. Your step-by-step guide to the Ethiopian wedding is provided below. The very first step in all wedding processions is shimgelena. It is promoted in this way. An elderly or young /shimagle/ from the groom’s side of the family will visit the home of the bride on a sunny weekend to ask for their daughter’s hand in marriage. The men sent will extol the groom and assess everything he has ever done, down to the smallest details, like how he started speaking at a young age when his peers were just goo-gooing to how he developed into such an aspirational young man deserving of their daughter. According to tradition, the Ethiopian wedding doesn’t end after the couple is declared husband and wife and the knot is tied. Days later, Melse, it continues in the form mentioned above. Ethiopian weddings go through this stage one to three days after the main wedding day. The Melse falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday when a wedding is typically celebrated on a Sunday. However, occasionally the Melse date will be the day that both parties agree upon. As implied by the name, the bride is briefly brought back to her parents’ home on this day by the groom, thus the name Melse. The newlyweds will dress in a traditional Ethiopian garment called a Kaaba, which is typically constructed of thick quilted velvet and finished with telf.

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