Marriage traditions in Africa.

The “rain” one is all to be copied!

The African continent is a mosaic of very different ethnic groups, landscapes, peoples and realities. This is also true for wedding traditions in Africa: they vary a lot according to the different areas and in recent times, they are assimilating modern and international aspects.

Often, however, the wedding is an event that involves the whole community and involves a big celebration. In Nigeria, for example, legendary wedding receptions are held, with over 500 guests and princely pomp. Ethiopian weddings can last as long as three days.

A rather common ritual is that of a glass of wine. The father of the bride pours a glass of wine and hands it to his daughter. She takes a sip and then has to symbolically offer it to the man she is going to marry.

Also, in Africa, of course, the bride’s attire is of central importance.

The traditional colours are significant and change according to the regions. In Ghana, for example, the typical colors are red, gold and green, the colors of the national flag. They also symbolize blood, prosperity and home.

In some areas, sober clothing is preferred, but in Morocco and Sudan, for example, rich decorations are common. The same goes for Nigeria, which is known for the extreme luxury of weddings. The fabric of the wedding dress must be strictly 100% silk or linen, the workmanship exquisite. But the real star of the outfit is the gele, the traditional headdress of Nigerian brides, almost a sculpture made of strips of fabric woven into creative hairstyles. Obviously, the groom’s suit must be in harmony with the wife’s one in terms of fabrics, colours and decorations.

Another particular custom of the Nigerian wedding is the so-called “rain of money”. During the dances, to testify the sumptuous taste again and as a wish for prosperity, the guests make a rain of banknotes descend on the head of the newlyweds. The bridesmaids have the task of collecting the money and handing it over to the bride and groom.

We have told you about some of the varied wedding traditions in Africa…

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