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Moroccan Weddings

Family is the most significant aspect of the Moroccan culture, and family has more say in engaged couple’s future in Morocco than most other cultures. When a couple meets, both families must agree to and bless the marriage, as the wedding will mark the joining of the two families. Family is the primary focus throughout the event as the joining of the two families is an elaborate affair that is a central part of the culture.

Each region in Morocco has unique traditions for weddings, with preparations starting a week before the wedding. Women work in the kitchen preparing food, while the men prepare the venue.  The day before the wedding, the bride will take a trip to the hammam, a public bathhouse, with friends and family to relax and get ready for her wedding.

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After the hammam, the bride will have a henna party where she has elaborate henna designs put on her hands. Traditionally, the bride isn’t allowed to work until all the henna washes off her body, making the first few weeks of marriage more enjoyable.

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The day of the wedding is a frantic day as all the preparations are finalized. Most Moroccan weddings start at night, with guests arriving anywhere from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Guests gather around the table for dinner, then head to the dance floor while they wait for the couple. There is no set schedule in Moroccan weddings as things run at their own speed.

As the guests await the couple, the bride is in another house eating dinner with her closest family. When she is done, she is placed on a  raised throne carried by 4 men, called an Amariah, and paraded into the wedding venue. Her close family, loud trumpets, and huge baskets of flowers usually follow her.

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Sometimes the bride does not arrive at the party until midnight. When she arrives, she is shown off to all the guests and then seated on a throne. The groom also arrives around the same time, sometimes carried in on an Amariah like the bride, and is seated on a throne next to his bride.

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In recent years, brides have been arriving in white, western style dresses and will change into more traditional clothes, called kaftans or takchitas , later in the night.

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The party lasts all night with much dancing and eating. The bride and groom spend the night sitting upon their thrones, dancing and speaking with their guests. When the sun rises, the couple is sent off with merriment, and the guests crawl into their beds, exhausted from the celebration.

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For more information on providing entertainment and decor for your wedding, contact Zohar Productions at 800-658-0258 or visit www.zoharproductions.com.

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Henna Parties

Henna has been at the core of celebrations throughout history. It is an important tradition in many cultures, and is used in over 60 countries today.

Henna is a flowering plant that is found in the dry climates of the Middle East and parts of Africa. However, henna is more commonly known as the dye that is made from the plant and is used to create temporary tattoos. The dye can also be used to dye hair, fingernails, and fabrics. The dye stains the skins with colors ranging from pale brown to dark russet red.

There are many ways to mix and prepare henna, and each family has a unique recipe that has been handed down through generations, along with secret henna styles and henna designs that have been in the family for hundreds of years.

The history of henna began thousands of years ago and is still growing today. The art of Henna has been practiced for over seven thousand years in both the Middle East and Africa and in recent years has gained popularity in Europe and  North America.

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People receive henna tattoos at henna parties, which celebrate a magnitude of events. Henna party ideas include weddings, birthdays, baby showers, and bar mitzvahs.

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In India, brides have henna designs painted on their hands and feet on the day before their weddings with beautiful, intricate designs. Henna designs, also known as Menhdi, can include paisley and geometric designs with elaborate flowers that cover a large amount of the hands and feet.

Middle Eastern henna is used for more than just weddings. For instance, pregnant women have designs painted on their ankles and bellies to protect them throughout childbirth.

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Moroccan henna  designs tend to be more geometric in their design than the flowery style of Indian henna.

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Jewish Moroccans have their own henna designs for weddings. During the traditional henna party the day before the wedding, a member of the family smudges henna into the palm of the bride and groom or places henna balls covered in glitter on their fingertips to symbolically bestow the new couple with good health, fertility, wisdom, and security. Frequently, a ribbon is tied around the smudged ball of henna on the palm in order to darken the color so the henna lasts longer.

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Henna designs continue to be used for various party occasions in many diverse cultures. These intricate designs are representative of each of these cultures and also serve as a popular source of party entertainment.

Henna parties are available by contacting Zohar Productions at
800-658-0258 or info@zoharproduction.com We have locations in NYC, LA, Miami, and Phoenix.

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Watch this video to learn more about henna!

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June 14, 2013 · 9:03 pm