Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Saudi Arabian Wedding Ceremony

Saudi Arabian Wedding Ceremony

Saudi Arabia is well-known for its vast deserts and the holly city Mecca. As a Muslim country, most of the Saudi Arabian follow the complete Islamic rules and regulations at their wedding ceremony. Wedding in Saudi Arabia is considered to be one of the most valuable parts of life. All the adult Saudi Arabians get married through a big and lavish ceremony. According to the Islamic tradition, the wedding ceremony is considered to be the weaving together of two souls and of two destinies. 

Still now the majority of Saudi weddings are the result of arranged marriages. The couple are seen each other for the first time with their family members by a traditional program called “Shawfa”, which means “the seeing”. They can then agree to the marriage, having met and engaged.
 

On the day of wedding, generally the bride and the groom both wear traditional white clothes. The bride wears a traditional dress called “Zaboun” which covers all the body of bride from head to feet. A silver colored thread is included with this dress. The groom also wears a long traditional dress called a “Bisht” as well as a scarf over his head called “Pagri”. 

In order to make the marriage agreement legal, every weeding needs a government approved weeding agent called Mimlik. At the weeding occasion, the Mimlik reads few quotes from the Holly Qur’an and then prays for both the bride and groom. He also ensures that both the bride and the groom agree to marry each other. 

In a wedding ceremony, two different parties to be thrown, first one is arranged by the bride side and the second one by the groom side. The main wedding party is arranged by the bride’s side. At that party, it is commonly seen that there are two separate parts- one for the men and other for the women. A lot of fun is held on the women’s part. The bride never made an appearance at the men’s part. Guests, arriving at the wedding party are warmly welcomed by the close family members of the groom and guided to correct halls. At the party, varieties traditional dishes are served for the guests. Cooked rice, fried chicken, beef, lamb meat and so many spicy dishes and sweets are available there. The party concludes as soon as the bride and groom leave the venue. Another party, which is arranged by the groom side, takes place on the next day of wedding. This party is also similar to the past one except that the bride and groom wear the normal dresses. 

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