Top 5 Middle Eastern Wedding Traditions

Lebanese Zaffeh

Every country has unique traditions that follow the bride and groom and are usually a must-have. Here they are:


Traditional wedding celebrations last a week that begins with small gatherings of family and close friends. As the days pass and the wedding grows closer, the parties increase in size. More guests are invited and more food is served. The night before the wedding, the bride’s hands and feet are painted with henna by the women in her family as they sing and tell stories. Traditionally, on the morning of the wedding, the groom’s friends take him to a bathhouse for an intense cleaning and a shave, singing and telling jokes all the while, but today this is less common. Once prepared, both the bride and the groom go to the house of the groom’s parents. The bride is processed by a caravan of honking cars. The men typically sit outside the house; the women, inside. There is much singing and dancing done by all. Mansif is typically served as the noonday meal.


The marriage contract is signed and registered by “maazon”, a man who has an official license to sign and register the marriage contract, in attendance of the couple and their families and friends, and this procedure happens in the bride’s house or at a mosque.


A Lebanese wedding tradition called “zaffe” starts with friends, family, and in some cases with performers and dancers as they escort the groom to her bride in a shower of shouted blessings and flower petals. The Lebanese wedding is all about the celebrating, dancing and joyous clapping.


Wedding attire for the men of Dubai include a white full-length shirt-dress, called khandura or dishdasha. This goes with gutra, a white or red-checkered headdress. Women, on the other hand, wear a long black robe to cover their normal clothing. This robe is called abaya. They likewise wear a headscarf while in public.


The nichan is the wedding celebration for Iraqi couples. During the nishan, the groom and the groom’s family traditionally shower the bride with gifts of jewelry, diamonds and specifically gold.


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