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Wedding celebration of sister of millionaire Worku Ayitenew

There is no dating culture in Ethiopia because a man and a woman’s marriages are typically arranged by their families. Even if a couple has chosen each other, their parents’ approval is still required. In Ethiopia, women typically marry at 18 to 19 years old, and men typically marry at 28 to 29. 50.6% of people in Ethiopia identify as Orthodox. [2] The community elders research the bride and groom’s families’ genealogical trees prior to the wedding to determine whether there is kinship between them going back up to five generations. The priest officiates at the ceremony on the wedding day. The bride and groom sit while the priest stands behind them during the ceremony to signify that they are the day’s “king” and “queen,” respectively, and should be treated with respect. The vow-exchange ritual, wedding ring-exchange ritual, priest blessing ritual, and crown-wearing ritual must all take place during the ceremony. When a bride visits the man she intends to wed and informs his family that she is in love with them, the groom’s family accepts her and the wedding is held. This is known as agadima. Written records from this tribe indicate that Tewaja, or arranged marriages, are associated with the tribe’s religious rituals. The bridegroom first instructs his friends to inform his family of the girl he wants to marry. If his family concurs, he will begin the preparation. His friends will visit the bride’s home early in the morning, draw their swords, forcibly enter the home, remain there for a while, and then leave silently. Three days pass during this action, but Fridays and Wednesdays are off because they are viewed as unlucky days.

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