Dating and marriage customs of morocco

The negaffa – who are usually older married woman, female friends and relatives – then set about trying to beautify her.

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Once a date has been set for the wedding, the real preparations begin.

Five days before the matrimonial event, necessities such as a mattress and blanket are taken to the bridal chamber.

Often, a bride is not expected to do any house work until her henna has faded.

Once all this preparation is complete, food is prepared in excess to cater for unexpected guests and the festivities begin.

After more celebrations, the bride then changes again and the newly wed couple leaves the party for some private time.

They usually go to a hotel instead of the traditional marriage chamber and no one expects them to display their sheets as proof of the bride’s virginity. Throughout the week, the newly weds will visit friends and relatives as well as show off their new home and gifts.

There the bride is given a bath in hammam which is a sort of milk bath that is meant to purify the bride.

Her negaffa (female attendants) will usually supervise the event.

In some ceremonies the bride will then be placed behind a curtain to symbolize her change of lifestyle.

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