A TRADITIONAL WEDDING IN MOROCCO
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In some parts of Morocco, tradition requires that five days before the wedding, the bride has a ceremonial bath, then is painted with henna swirls on hands and feet, an adorned with makeup and jewels by other women. For centuries, elaborate henna has been applied to Moroccan brides. The night before the wedding, the bride and other women gather together for the henna ritual. The bride receives the most elaborate designs, while the other women are often patterned with lesser designs, covering only small portions of the body. Within the bride's henna design is often found the name of the groom. Further, a bride is not expected to perform any housework until her henna has faded. The wedding henna ritual has a deeper purpose than mere aesthetic beauty. During the evening of the "henna party," the older, married women share the secrets of marriage with the bride-to-be.
Moroccan women continue the tradition to this day. However, there are some women in Morocco who refuse to wear henna as they become more "westernized"
becoming guardian of her hearth, the Moroccan bride circles her marriage
home three times.
Compare with wedding theme in : Japan , Greece or Egypt
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