Arab Traditional Marriage

Published: 07th December 2009
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The Marriage process usually starts with fixed meetings, and ends with the "Dokhla", or the entrance; it is usually misconceived in the West that Arab weddings forbid the groom from seeing his bride until the wedding day. On the contrary, it cannot be considered an Islamic wedding unless the bride and groom agree on the Marriage, and the groom is welcomed in the bride's house, although only with parental attendance, to maintain the purity between both sides.

Called in Arabic as Khotba/Khotouba, Ta'ahod, Ertibat/Irtibat. Usually the Engagements in the Arab world, are very much like the Wedding parties, but the bride gets to wear any dress she pleases. Usually, the dress of the bride and the groom match in colors. The groom and the bride then exchange rings, where they put the rings on each others right ring finger.

Proposal Party
Is a reception made in the bride's house, where the groom asks for the bride's hands from her father, or eldest man in the family, and the father agrees, and the people in the reception read the Fatiha, which is the first sura in the Quran, and then a drink called the Sharbat/Sherbet, or a combination of Syrups, are introduced to the Audience, that is made out of both families.

Henna Night
The Henna Night is very similar to a bachelorette party, where the bride's female friends and relatives join her at a house party called Henna, it includes food, drinks, and a lot of dancing, the bride changed dresses constantly, almost on each song, a band of females takes place, playing Arabic Music, and sometimes Islamic Music, all the girls would belly dance on these music, a women draws Henna, a temporary form of skin decoration, on the bride and the guests.

The Henna is usually drawn on the palms and feet, where the color will be darkest because the skin contains higher levels of keratin which binds temporarily to lawsone, the colorant of henna. For more information visit to our site at

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