Ethiopian Traditional Wedding Ceremony

Ethiopian couple during their traditional wedding/Photo Credit: African Fact
 Ethiopian Traditional Wedding Ceremony is one among the valued marriages in Africa. Traditional weddings in Africa as a whole are dying out with the normalization and influx of the so-called White Western African weddings. But we so value and place much importance to our African weddings which can never be replaced. The marriage between man and woman is a special celebration of the natural continuity of life in every part of Africa.

African bride plays a vital role in all the communities all over Africa and she’s treated with maximum respect because she is a link between the ancestors and the unborn which is the most important part of family. While she‘s valued so much is that, she might bear a very powerful and strong child which is so important for Africans. In some places of East and South Africa the grooms’ families move to the brides’ village because they see this process as being important for their bride in order for her to be happy so as to create a healthy and happy family

 The way Ethiopians conduct their marriage:

In Ethiopia the Karo people they believe in enhancing a young bride’s beauty by tattooing her body with different African symbols. Both families sometimes negotiate most marriages with a civil ceremony sealing the simple contract. A priest may be present in those ceremonies and divorce is allowed after marriage though but this must also be negotiated.

Enhancing a young bride’s beauty by tattooing her body /Photo Credit: African Fact

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The girl in marriage is paid housekeeper’s salary, and is not entitled to inheritance,but children are legally recognized also entitled to inheritance. Priests are free to marry but can neither divorce nor remarry. The Wedding procedure starts while using grooms side sending any representative who requests the marriage between their parties. Then an appointment is given plus a verdict on the marriage.

Dowry is provided as agreed prior to the wedding. On the wedding morning the groom and three to four “best men” goes to the brides’ house. Ceremonially, the family blocks the entrance on the house and the associates must play strongly by forcing their way into the bride’s house. The grooms “best men” sprays  perfumes everywhere at home while the bride’s family plays songs.

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In mostly Amhara and Tigray places, Christian marriages are often arranged by the parents for the special couple with lots of negotiation. According to old traditional ritual and in addition to culture; the bride has to be a virgin when the marriage occurs This is  because the bride virginity will be highly valued and admired  in Christian marriage, and as well as pride to the bride’s family.


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