Moroccan weddings are regarded as a symbol of the foundation of a family unit and a step to continue the community. The celebrations are composed of several rituals that are all well-organized and planned, as the formalities are prepared about a year before the wedding ceremony. The Moroccan wedding ceremonies can last from 3 days up to a week; and may depend upon the region of Morocco and the families involved. This event is seen as a great opportunity for the families to be brought together in a festive environment.
In different regions of Morocco, weddings remain the same, with some traditions being inspired and generated by the practices of their ancestors. However, the celebrations of marriages also continue to change as people adopt modern lifestyles and because of a new form of urban life.
A Moroccan wedding can sometimes be a simple agreement that the couple sign in front of a Moroccan notary (Adoul) and some witnesses; but a formal marriage is generally performed in the presence of family members and close friends of the couple.
This is the occasion when the husband gives gifts to his bride. The gifts may be symbolic or basic. Examples of symbolic gifts are sugar (for a happy life) and milk (for purity). Basic gifts may include orange, flower, henna, and water. The bride may also be given an engagement ring and the alliance. In some regions, jewelry, handbags bolts of fabrics, shoes, and fragrances are also given to the bride.
This ritual is done 2 days before the marriage and it is obligatory for the bride to undertake a purifying bath with her close women friends and relatives. The room is scented and there are lighted candles in the dark room, to symbolize the bride’s path to a happy life.
The henna ceremony is done the day before the wedding, with the women members of the bride’s and groom’s families. Henna is a kind of skin dye that is used during marriages and festivals. Designs are tattooed on the hands and feet of the bride by the “hennaya” a tattoo artist. The henna ritual symbolizes protection from diseases, and success and prosperity in life. The women who are present in this ritual can also have some tattoos on their hands and feet.
The Wedding Dress
The wedding dress of a Moroccan bride is usually a caftan, which is a full size robe made of rich materials such as silk, satin, or chiffon and covered with a jacket. Often the dress is embroidered and may have sequined details; the bottom of the dress is open. The bride has a wide belt at the waist that makes an appearance stunning.
The Wedding Day
Songs and dances will begin the ceremony, followed by the reading of verses from the Koran and songs of praise. Then the couple will sit together in a large chair called the “Aramiya” to be carried by 4 or more strong men and paraded around the guest room. There will be traditional music from a live band. The bride may change her outfit for 7 times throughout the wedding celebration. Throughout the wedding the bride is accompanied by the Neggafats who are the master planners to see that nothing is wrong throughout the wedding celebrations.
The Moroccan Food
A variety of Moroccan dishes are served at the reception. These are exotic dishes with unique ingredients that Moroccan chefs tried to put together and offered to guests. These may include a pie stuffed with pigeon or chicken, almond, cinnamon, sugar (pastille), stew meat with prunes and almonds (Tajine), baby lamp (mashir), traditional pastries and cookies that are served with mint tea.
From time to time, the guests dance to the music. There will be lots of chatting as families make connections with friends and relatives. Usually, the Moroccan wedding celebration last till the next morning.
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