Ethiopian Weddings Part 2

Ethiopian Weddings Part 2

The reception is undeniably the best and most memorable part of an Ethiopian Wedding. Great food is served buffet-style, including staple dishes such as Injera (Ethiopian spongy bread), Doro wot (a spicy stew made with chicken and eggs), and Kitfo (raw minced beef mixed with butter and spices). After dinner, the couple accompanied by their friends and family will dance to modern and traditional music followed by the cake cutting ceremony and champagne toast. To end the night, elders are seated in a row as the couple and their wedding party bow down to kiss the elders’ knees (which is a sign of respect in Ethiopian Tradition).

Melse is the post-wedding celebration and takes place a day after the wedding. During the Melse, traditional clothing is worn; Habesha Kemis for women and Habesha Libs for men. The Bride and her party will spend several hours getting their hair braided and getting bridal henna tattoo accompanied by a LOT of gold to accessories.

The Melse is an intimate celebration for close family and friends. Again, there will be traditional Ethiopian food(injera) served accompanied with Tej, which is a traditional beverage made with fermented honey. The bride and groom will conduct a bread cutting ceremony which represents their unity as newly-weds, and family and friends enjoy dancing and celebrate the newly married couple while having Buna(coffee) during a traditional coffee ceremony.

As if two days weren’t enough, The Melse is followed by a third event called Kelekel, which takes place on the third day of the wedding. This tradition is dedicated mostly to extended family who could not attend the main ceremony. This also gives everyone a chance to come together one last time before they bid the newlyweds farewell.

 

  • Ethiopian culture is very rich. If you enjoyed this post, comment below and tell us what country you would like to explore next.

 

Weddings of the World – Ethiopia Part 1

Weddings of the World – Ethiopia Part 1

Most believe it’s hard enough preparing for one wedding. . . How about 3? And this doesn’t even include the pre and post-wedding festivities. Ethiopian weddings are one of the most elaborate and exciting to attend. What can I say… we look for reasons to celebrate and weddings happen to be the biggest celebration.

It all starts when a man loves a woman lol. Seriously though, traditionally, when an Ethiopian man decides he wants to marry, he doesn’t propose the American way. He gathers some of the older men in his family and goes to the bride’s home to ask her family for their daughter’s hand in marriage. The older men will highlight their son’s attribute and why he will make a great husband. If the family accepts, the wedding will be planned.

Next, there is Telosh, which is a wedding custom held at the bride’s family’s house two days before the wedding. The groom and his family bring various gifts to present the bride. These gifts often include a wedding gown, traditional clothing, and jewelry.

On the wedding day:

  1. The groom and his groomsmen get ready at the groom’s house and head over to his bride’s home.
  2. Once they arrive, a musical exchange between the bride’s family and his groomsmen will take place as they block the entrance to the home.
  3. Once they have serenaded their way in the house, the groom will then escort his bride out of her parents’ home and head to their place of religion, where the exchanging of vows takes place.

Wanna know what happens next??? Tune in later this week for Part II

~TG~

 

Weddings Of The World – Bangladesh

Weddings Of The World – Bangladesh

We are all aware of the custom American wedding traditions – tossing the bouquet, something borrowed and something blue, exchanging of the rings and lighting a unity candle. But how many of you are aware of all the other amazing cultures and traditions that are happening around the world? That’s what this monthly blog is for – join us every month to dig into the spectacular wedding traditions of countries all around the world!

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Weddings Of The World – Poland

Weddings Of The World – Poland

We are all aware of the custom American wedding traditions – tossing the bouquet, something borrowed and something blue, exchanging of the rings and lighting a unity candle. But how many of you are aware of all the other amazing cultures and traditions that are happening around the world? That’s what this monthly blog is for – join us every month to dig into the spectacular wedding traditions of countries all around the world!

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Weddings of the World: Italy

Weddings of the World: Italy

If you checked out our Insta last week you would have seen a clue for where were traveling to this month & if you guessed Italy, you are CORRECT!

Viva l’Italia! Italy has a ton of fun traditions that couples could easily implement into their wedding days for a memorable and unique.  We selected 4 of our absolute faves. Take a look and let us know your thoughts.

 

“La Tarantella”

This dance is a way that the guest wish the newlyweds good luck on their new lives together. The guest dance to a lively, upbeat tempo song and hold hands and rotate in a clockwise direction until the music speeds up and then they reverse directions. These tempo changes occur several times and each time the tempo speeds up the group changes direction again. This continues until it is impossible to keep up with the tempo of the music.

“Taglio Della Cravatta”

After the ceremony, the Groom cuts his tie to give to his groomsman befo, who offer it to the guest as an exchange for money! The money is collected and given to the couple to ensure an adventurous honeymoon and to help out with the wedding expenses

Bomboniere

These favors are often packaged in a small container, wrapped with ribbons and filled  with confetti and 5 sugar coated almonds that symbolize health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and a long life.  Since these little tokens are a form of gratitude they are not placed in the table like traditional wedding favors. Nope, there get their very own fancy little table and the newlyweds pass these out as each guest leaves.

BOMBONIERE PHOTO CREDIT: Di Cristofalo

“Per cent’anni”

Before the guest eat, a sweet red wine is served and the best man toasts to “Per cent’anni”,  This traditional toast for the couple wishes them happiness and good luck for 100 years!  As the evening goes on and the drinks get stronger various guests may also salute the happy couple with Per cent-anni,” alluding to the many years ahead of them as man and wife.

 

Stay tuned once a month for our Weddings of the World blog. Where we will take a deeper look into the cultures and wedding traditions of countries around the world!

~JL~

Weddings of the World: China

Weddings of the World: China

We are all aware of the custom American wedding traditions – tossing the bouquet, something borrowed and something blue, exchanging of the rings and lighting a unity candle. But how many of you are aware of all the other amazing cultures and traditions that are happening around the world? That’s what this monthly blog is for – join us every month to dig into the spectacular wedding traditions of countries all around the world!

If you checked out our Insta last week you would have seen a clue for where were traveling to this month & if you guessed China, you are CORRECT!

During ancient times, many practices and rituals were performed as a part of the Chinese Wedding Tradition. Take a look at four important wedding traditions in the Chinese Community. Of course since it’s your day and you set the rules; you may opt to not perform all of these, but it’s good to understand their importance, and the significance these bring to your marriage.

Tea Time

  • The tea ceremony is deemed one of the most important and most significant rituals. It originated in the seventh century and is considered an integral part of a Chinese wedding. It symbolizes honor and respect for the family. On the morning of their wedding day, Chinese couples bring their loved ones together in their respective homes for the tea ceremony.  It’s called jing cha in Chinese, literally meaning, ‘to respectfully offer tea’. It include’s a very formal introduction of the bride and groom, and shows a high level of respect to their families.

Hair Combing Ceremony

  • The bride showers in water infused with pomelo leaves and then puts on a new pair of pajamas and slippers. A “woman of good fortune” (a woman with living parents, spouse, and children will come to the house to dress the bride’s hair) then brushes the bride’s hair. The “woman of good fortune” brushes the bride’s hair four times while reciting:

“May your marriage last a lifetime
May you be blessed with a happy and harmonious marriage until old age
May you be blessed with an abundance of children and grandchildren
May you be blessed with longevity”

Door Games

  • Before the groom can claim his bride, he usually has to undergo a series of tests in the form of fun games, also called “door games”.  These games are normally set up by the bridesmaids and imply that the bride is a “prize” that must be won.  When the groom (along with the help of his trusted groomsmen) surpasses all the tests , the bride will finally exit the bridal suite.

Bride’s Home Visit

  • Three days after the wedding, the couple visits the home of the bride’s parents. During this meeting the bride is no longer considered a family member and she is received as a guest in her parent’s home. During this reunion gifts are exchanged and the couple is sent home with a sugar cane branch (The sugar cane represents sweet and harmonious life) and a live rooster and hen placed in a cage. Once the couple gets back home from their visit, they proceed to their bedroom and release the chickens. Legend has it that if the rooster comes out first, the first born will be a boy; if it is the hen, then their first born will be a girl.

 

Stay tuned once a month for our Weddings of the World blog. Where we will take a deeper look into the cultures and wedding traditions of countries around the world!

~JL~

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