Monday, January 28, 2013

How Much You Know About Traditional Nigerian Wedding

Traditional Nigerian wedding would leave a long lasting impression on everyone. Nigerian wedding traditions incorporate many old wedding rituals. Common customs include formal meetings between the couple's families, the offering of a dowry and an engagement ceremony, all of which take place before the wedding ceremony itself. While dating and selecting your own spouse occurs in urban areas, arranged marriages are frequent in Nigeria. Nigerian wedding traditions respect their customs and rituals very much. Generally the customs and the tradition vary from one region to the other.

Traditional Nigerian Wedding

Introduction Ceremony

Prior to an engagement, the families of the bride and the groom become acquainted through a formal ceremony. The groom's family usually travels to the home of the bride's family and presents a letter requesting the woman's hand in marriage. The groom's family will often perform traditional dances and offer the bride's family a dowry in attempt to persuade them to accept the proposal (Although the dowry is a tradition, it is not an essential part of a couple's engagement in this modern day.). This ceremony often occurs only a few days before the wedding.

Engagement Ceremony

Nigerian Bride Wear Earrings
The engagement ceremony usually held on the evening before the wedding day. The groom's family would visits the bride's family home to hear her response to the letter that was presented during the introduction ceremony. Once the bride had accepted the proposal, both families are formally introduced to the guests. Engagement ceremony is a time of festivity and fun. Friends and relatives drink colas and eat nuts. During the ceremony, the officiating elder sips a cup of palm wine and can invite the bride and the groom to do the same. The officiating officer is generally the speaker who transfers messages between two families. When the ceremony has ended, the bride goes to her father's house to prepare for the big day. The groom's family pays a bride price consisting of traditional clothes, shoe, bags and jewelry.

Wedding Day

Depending upon the local custom, the bride's elders may help her to bathe and prepare for the wedding. In traditional Nigerian weddings, the bride generally wear imported Indian fabrics. These include decorative coral-beaded headpiece, coral- beaded ankle bracelets and necklaces. The bride's hands and feet may be decorated with intricate henna designs. On the wedding day the bride and the groom go to the church. The bride is generally accompanied by her father. On the night of the ceremony there is a grand party, live bands may perform traditional music while people sing and dance and enjoy all throughout the night. After the party, the bride returns back to her father's home to change out of her wedding attire. The groom arrives with his family to claim his bride and the couple departs to begin their new life together.

Nigerian Bried and Groom Wedding Cake

Today many Nigerian weddings follow similar proceedings to ceremonies in the western world, but most also includes the Kola nut tradition. In Africa, the wedding ceremony the kola nut symbol a couple's willingness to help and heal each other. A traditional Nigerian wedding ceremony is not complete until the couple have shared a kola but with each other and their families.

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