Ame­ri­can mar­ria­ge customs

The con­ven­tio­nal Af­ri­can wed­ding brings tog­e­ther two life, two fa­mi­lies, and oc­ca­sio­nal­ly even two com­mu­ni­ties in an all-en­com­pas­sing man­ner. Alt­hough the iden­ti­cal cus­toms vary de­pen­ding on the cul­tu­re, the ma­jo­ri­ty of them ho­nor pre­de­ces­sors and ack­now­ledge the fu­si­on of two di­stinct families.

For in­s­tance, the Swa­hi­li of Ke­nya dress their wed­dings in wood cru­de and scar hen­na mo­dels on her arms. A woman’s el­der, known as a somo, in­s­tructs the wife on how to kind­ly her hus­band. She fre­quent­ly hi­des un­der the pil­low to pre­vent any is­sues, too! The groom shat­ters a glass with his foot in num­e­rous Nor­t­hern Egyp­ti­an cul­tures, and the num­ber of shards in­di­ca­tes the couple’s ye­ars tog­e­ther. This ac­tion ser­ves as a sign of hope and co­he­si­on for their co­ming fu­tures

The wed­ding and her home are tra­di­tio­nal­ly dres­sed in tra­di­tio­nal wo­ven clot­hing in many Af­ri­can cul­tures. The groom’s re­la­ti­ves, who fre­quent­ly wears black, red, or white isi agwu cot­ton with sil­ver cat head de­signs th­roug­hout, is also a part of this.

Gi­ving pres­ents is an­o­ther uni­que cus­tom. While many Ame­ri­cans and eu­ro­peans of­fer plants, be­tro­thed cou­ples and their vi­si­tors swap mats in Af­ri­ca! This ha­bit, which dates back to an­ti­qui­ty, is si­gni­fi­cant for new­ly­weds to rea­li­ze the ce­le­bra­ti­on and ho­nor their an­ces­tral roots.

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