Yes. I do! In this article we will introduce you into the customs and traditions of a Moroccan wedding. So, here’s how a Moroccan “I do!” means:
♥ The perfect time
Historically, Moroccans celebrated weddings on Sundays in the fall at the end of the harvest. That was the perfect time when there was plenty of food to feast on.
♥ The Attire
Clothing may vary by region. The main thing that all Moroccan wedding apparel was the color – abudantly. As in other cultures, different shades had a specific meaning. For example, yellow is meant to scare away the evil. Green was used to bring good luck to the couple. In preparation for the day, the bride and her attendants, or “negafa”, would have a henna party, receiving temporary tattoos on their hands and feet. The bride would receive the many tattoos of them all, of course.
♥ The Activities
A traditional Moroccan wedding lasted up to 7 days. There were separate parties for the men and women. The first 3 days were spent preparing, partying and beautifying the bride. On the 4-th, the couple was married. On the 5-th and 6-th days, there were the celebrations at their highest point. Finally, on the 7-th day, the parties combined. Here, the bride was placed on a cushion and held in front of friends and family. The men would lift the groom onto their shoulders, and the new couple would be carried off to a special room to consummate their marriage. There were lots of movies on this subject in which the customs were held by the book.
♥ Food & Drinks
The ancient symbols of fertility were fish and chicken. That’s why the Moroccans often served. Guests savored “tagine” – a chicken, beef and lamb stew mixed with almonds, apricots, onions and other spices – alongside the specific couscous.
Moroccan Wedding Cake
♥ The Music
The bride and groom were ushered into the reception with a lively wedding march called the “zaffa”, complete with music, dancing and even flaming swords. Of course, like any other wedding, guests would dance all night to the sound of drums, tambourines and a string instrument called a “zither”. Quite a party, right?
♥ The Specific Customs
Although the festivities were probably pretty exhausting, Moroccan brides were treated to some serious so-called SPA treatments too. Massagess, milk baths, you name it! These were meant to purify themselves for the weeklong celebration.
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