Monday, September 20, 2010

Here comes the bride

Fatima Zohra
I got to attend a traditional Moroccan wedding last weekend!  The bride is the daughter of a guard at the high school where my host-mom works and host-sister attends.

The tradition for brides here is to wear not one or two, but seven dresses.
Dress #1
The celebration begins with a parade down the street.  We left from my house and went about 300 yards to the school, where the wedding took place.
The bride sits in a chair that is carried on the shoulders of four men.
The groom rides a white horse.
All the aunties and grandmas wear their most colorful djallabas and clap and ululate to bring good fortune to the couple.
The band
Dress #2
Dress #3
Dress #4 (my favorite) a traditional dress from the north.
Dress #5
Dress #6, an Egyptian custom.
And finally, Dress #7, the western style 'modern' dress.
The cake.
 In between all the dresses is when the party happens, lots of dancing and endless rounds of pastries, mint tea and coffee.  Finally at the end of the night we had dinner, roasted lamb, chicken with olives, and fruit for dessert.


Suzanne Brahm said...

Beautiful colored dress, there is something to say for not wearing white!

Amy said...

Wow, that seems like it should be a two day event with all those dress changes!