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Teach us about wedding customs in your culture

Post by James Trotta » Sat Aug 20, 2016 2:55 am

Here is where you complete the wedding culture assignment. You can talk about weddings in general, your own wedding, a friend's wedding, a movie wedding, or whatever else you can think of. Good topics include wedding gifts, wedding ceremonies, wedding parties, and more.

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Re: Teach us about wedding customs in your culture

Post by Naimah » Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:01 am

Hi james.


Marriage can be arrenged or as a personal choice. The groom's family elders set an appointment with the bride's family. In old days the grooms family brings a hundred camels, a horse and gun to the bride's family. And that is call YARAD in my language.
Elders from the groom's family send a committee to the bride's family to request a hand marriage. The bride's family welcomes the committee from the groom's side.
They talk about the engagement or MEHER which is usually takes a few days before the wedding, or sometimes on the same day.
Traditional Somali weddings have various ceremonies. Many goats or camel are slaughtered and plenty of banquet of traditional food rice, meat, drinks and milk or camel milk are served for the man and the women of the to familiesand their friends. This is when a formal Islamic wedding agreement takes place.
In the afternoon celebration take place both family and their friends. In the ceremony cakes, biscuits, HALWA and other sweets and drinks like tea fruit juice are served. Traditional entertainments are play and blessings poem called BURANBUR are recited. In the evening the bride is escorted to her new home by her bridesmaids and family member and her friends. In our culture the bride remains in her home for week after her wedding. On the seventh day there is a women's party for the bride. This occasion the bride will wear traditional costume GUNTIINO. The women circle the bride and they sing each lays a scarf on her head we call SHAASH . Putting the scarf on the bride's head is respect due to her for being married and they bring a lot of gifts.

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Re: How do people exchange business cards in different cultures?

Post by Tibaijuka » Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:00 pm

Hi James,

In Uganda, we have many cultures. So wedding cultures vary from region to region.However, the vast majority of weddings are characterized by traditional dances and local diets. There is nothing special that a groom or bride groom does on a wedding ceremony other than giving a speech and dancing. Surprisingly, I have attended one wedding where only the bride gave a speech.

The traditional dances make the ceremony colorful. On this occasion, all sorts of alcoholic are served to the invited guests. To crown it all, after serving the meal, the couple is invited to open a dance which continues till late in the night.

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Re: Teach us about wedding customs in your culture

Post by jai15 » Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:48 pm

Hi james,
Writing about the marriage culture in south India is really a big task.We celebrate the wedding for three days.Here I mention the first day ceremonies only.If I get some time I will add up with our next assignments.

As I mentioned in the previous assignment Indian culture is called as amalgamation of several cultures. Because every part of India follows unique culture, customs, religion and languages. Specifically, the wedding culture differs from place to place with in our country. The north Indian wedding culture is completely different from south Indian’s. Today I am going to share about the one of the most famous south Indian community’s wedding culture. The traditional Brahmin’s marriage is celebrated in the Vedic style, where importance is given to traditions and rituals which have been passed on over centuries.
Most of the Brahmin marriages are fixed by the parents. They find the match between bride and groom by set of astrology rules for happy and long married life of them. If the astrology rules match for both bride and groom and both of their parents are satisfied, they will fix the marriage date. The marriage ceremony takes place in the groom’s residence. So the groom’s close relatives mostly women who are groom’s grandma, aunty, sisters and cousins come to groom’s home 2 or 3 weeks before and they all start to make special sweets, snaks for the marriage and they shop for grocery items, jewels, and housekeeping and decorative things for the new couple. Groom’s father brother and uncles take care of outside works like booking a party hall, catering services, music, Hindu priests and distribution of invitations etc.
Then the marriage celebration is started one day before the marriage day. Once the groom’s family reaches marriage venue, the bride’s family receive them with traditional things (sandal powder, kumkum, rose water, sugar candy and some ritual things). The venue is decorated with flowers and colorful Kollam (draw colorful design on the floor).and it is pride for bride’s family to carry groom on either elephant or horse. On the groom’s arrival the nadaswaram (traditional instrument) is played and aarthi(ritual) performed in his honor. On the day of evening the bride’s family presents new dresses, traditional jewels to groom. Once the groom gets ready, then he is brought into the decorated open car. The band is played; the flowers are thrown in to the car. The lights are focused on the groom, some youngsters dance in front of the car and the fireworks are displayed. In party hall, bride is decorated with traditional dress and Jewells. And she is waiting for groom’s arrival. When the groom’s car reaches party hall, again aarthi is performed and coconut is broken to ward off evil. Then the bride’s uncle makes bride to sit near the groom on the car. music, dances and fireworks are taken place again. Then the procession is led to the temple in the town. After getting blesses from god, members of both family sit opposite to each other in the main hall of the temple and ‘’langa invitation’’ which contains information of the family lineage of bride, groom and time of marriage is written and read aloud by priest. Then the “thamboolam” which contains ritual things, fruits, sweets, and gifts are exchanged between two families. The ceremonies of that day is ended. Then the actual weeding day ceremonies starts from early morning on the wedding day.

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Re: Teach us about wedding customs in your culture

Post by MEW » Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:51 am

An Indian wedding is multi day functions and it involves several ceremonies, such as painting on the hand and feet it is called Mehndi day. Bridal day, it’s preparing weeding girl. Pre wedding day meets each side the family each other and exchange the gift and dance, eat and have fun.
The wedding day bride and groom take head shower and wear new clothes. Based on horoscope thing they have to exchange flower garland and all guests put rice on the bride and grooms head.
Groom ties the Mangal Sutra tied to around brides neck instead exchanging the rings.

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Re: Teach us about wedding customs in your culture

Post by James Trotta » Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:40 am

Hi :D Thanks for going first :!:
Naimah wrote:Hi james.


Marriage can be arrenged or as a personal choice. The groom's family elders set an appointment with the bride's family. In old days the grooms family brings a hundred camels, a horse and gun to the bride's family. And that is call YARAD in my language.
Elders from the groom's family send a committee to the bride's family to request a hand marriage. The bride's family welcomes the committee from the groom's side.
They talk about the engagement or MEHER which is usually takes a few days before the wedding, or sometimes on the same day.
Traditional Somali weddings have various ceremonies. Many goats or camel are slaughtered and plenty of banquet of traditional food rice, meat, drinks and milk or camel milk are served for the man and the women of the to familiesand their friends. This is when a formal Islamic wedding agreement takes place.
In the afternoon celebration take place both family and their friends. In the ceremony cakes, biscuits, HALWA and other sweets and drinks like tea fruit juice are served. Traditional entertainments are play and blessings poem called BURANBUR are recited. In the evening the bride is escorted to her new home by her bridesmaids and family member and her friends. In our culture the bride remains in her home for week after her wedding. On the seventh day there is a women's party for the bride. This occasion the bride will wear traditional costume GUNTIINO. The women circle the bride and they sing each lays a scarf on her head we call SHAASH . Putting the scarf on the bride's head is respect due to her for being married and they bring a lot of gifts.
Marriage can be arrenged or it can be a personal choice. The groom's family elders set an appointment with the bride's family. In the old days the groom's family would bring a hundred camels, a horse and gun to the bride's family. And that is call YARAD in my language.

Elders from the groom's family send a committee to the bride's family to request her hand marriage. The bride's family welcomes the committee from the groom's side.

They talk about the engagement or MEHER which is usually takes place a few days before the wedding, or sometimes on the same day.
Traditional Somali weddings have various ceremonies. Many goats or camel are slaughtered and we have plenty of banquets with traditional food like rice, meat, and milk or camel milk. The banquet food is served to the families and their friends. This is when a formal Islamic wedding agreement takes place.

In the afternoon a celebration takes place for both families and their friends. In the ceremony cakes, biscuits, HALWA and other sweets and drinks like tea fruit juice are served. Traditional entertainments are played and a blessings poem called BURANBUR is recited. In the evening the bride is escorted to her new home by her bridesmaids and family members and her friends. In our culture the bride remains in her home for week after her wedding. On the seventh day there is a women's party for the bride. on this occasion the bride will wear a traditional GUNTIINO. The women circle the bride and they sing. Each lays a scarf on her head we call SHAASH . Putting the scarf on the bride's head is respect due to her for being married and they bring a lot of gifts.

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Re: Teach us about wedding customs in your culture

Post by James Trotta » Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:55 am

Hi :D
jai15 wrote:Hi james,
Writing about the marriage culture in south India is really a big task.We celebrate the wedding for three days.Here I mention the first day ceremonies only.If I get some time I will add up with our next assignments.

As I mentioned in the previous assignment Indian culture is called as amalgamation of several cultures. Because every part of India follows unique culture, customs, religion and languages. Specifically, the wedding culture differs from place to place with in our country. The north Indian wedding culture is completely different from south Indian’s. Today I am going to share about the one of the most famous south Indian community’s wedding culture. The traditional Brahmin’s marriage is celebrated in the Vedic style, where importance is given to traditions and rituals which have been passed on over centuries.
Most of the Brahmin marriages are fixed by the parents. They find the match between bride and groom by set of astrology rules for happy and long married life of them. If the astrology rules match for both bride and groom and both of their parents are satisfied, they will fix the marriage date. The marriage ceremony takes place in the groom’s residence. So the groom’s close relatives mostly women who are groom’s grandma, aunty, sisters and cousins come to groom’s home 2 or 3 weeks before and they all start to make special sweets, snaks for the marriage and they shop for grocery items, jewels, and housekeeping and decorative things for the new couple. Groom’s father brother and uncles take care of outside works like booking a party hall, catering services, music, Hindu priests and distribution of invitations etc.
Then the marriage celebration is started one day before the marriage day. Once the groom’s family reaches marriage venue, the bride’s family receive them with traditional things (sandal powder, kumkum, rose water, sugar candy and some ritual things). The venue is decorated with flowers and colorful Kollam (draw colorful design on the floor).and it is pride for bride’s family to carry groom on either elephant or horse. On the groom’s arrival the nadaswaram (traditional instrument) is played and aarthi(ritual) performed in his honor. On the day of evening the bride’s family presents new dresses, traditional jewels to groom. Once the groom gets ready, then he is brought into the decorated open car. The band is played; the flowers are thrown in to the car. The lights are focused on the groom, some youngsters dance in front of the car and the fireworks are displayed. In party hall, bride is decorated with traditional dress and Jewells. And she is waiting for groom’s arrival. When the groom’s car reaches party hall, again aarthi is performed and coconut is broken to ward off evil. Then the bride’s uncle makes bride to sit near the groom on the car. music, dances and fireworks are taken place again. Then the procession is led to the temple in the town. After getting blesses from god, members of both family sit opposite to each other in the main hall of the temple and ‘’langa invitation’’ which contains information of the family lineage of bride, groom and time of marriage is written and read aloud by priest. Then the “thamboolam” which contains ritual things, fruits, sweets, and gifts are exchanged between two families. The ceremonies of that day is ended. Then the actual weeding day ceremonies starts from early morning on the wedding day.

As I mentioned in the previous assignment Indian culture is an amalgamation of several cultures. Because every part of India follows unique culture, customs, religion and languages. Specifically, the wedding culture differs from place to place within our country. The north Indian wedding culture is completely different from south Indian’s. Today I am going to share about the one of the most famous south Indian community’s wedding culture. The traditional Brahmin’s marriage is celebrated in the Vedic style, where importance is given to traditions and rituals which have been passed on over centuries.

Most Brahmin marriages are fixed by the parents. They find the match between bride and groom by a set of astrology rules for a happy and long married life. If the astrology rules match for both bride and groom and both of their parents are satisfied, they will fix the marriage date. The marriage ceremony takes place in the groom’s residence. So the groom’s close relatives, mostly women including the groom’s grandma, aunty, sisters and cousins come to the groom’s home 2 or 3 weeks before and they all start to make special sweets, snacks for the marriage and they shop for grocery items, jewels, and housekeeping and decorative things for the new couple. The Groom’s father brother and uncles take care of outside work like booking a party hall, catering services, music, Hindu priests and distribution of invitations etc.

Then the marriage celebration is started one day before the marriage day. Once the groom’s family reaches marriage venue, the bride’s family receives them with traditional things (sandal powder, kumkum, rose water, sugar candy and some ritual things). The venue is decorated with flowers and colorful Kollam (colorful drawings on the floor). and it makes the bride's family proud to carry the groom on either an elephant or horse. On the groom’s arrival the nadaswaram (traditional instrument) is played and aarthi(ritual) performed in his honor. On the day of evening :?: the bride’s family presents new dresses and traditional jewels to groom. Once the groom gets ready, then he is brought into the decorated open car. The band plays; the flowers are thrown in to the car. The lights are focused on the groom, some youngsters dance in front of the car and the fireworks are set off. In the party hall, the bride is decorated with traditional dress and Jewells. And she is waiting for groom’s arrival. When the groom’s car reaches party hall, again aarthi is performed and a coconut is broken to ward off evil. Then the bride’s uncle makes the bride sit near the groom in the car. music, dance, and fireworks take place again. Then the procession is led to the temple in the town. After getting blessings from god, members of both families sit opposite each other in the main hall of the temple and ‘’langa invitation’’ which contains the bride's and groom's family lineage and time of marriage is written and read aloud by priest. Then the “thamboolam” which contains ritual things, fruits, sweets, and gifts are exchanged between the two families. The ceremonies for that day are ended. Then the actual weeding day ceremonies starts from early morning on the wedding day.

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Re: Teach us about wedding customs in your culture

Post by James Trotta » Fri Aug 26, 2016 2:02 am

Hi :D
MEW wrote:An Indian wedding is multi day functions and it involves several ceremonies, such as painting on the hand and feet it is called Mehndi day. Bridal day, it’s preparing weeding girl. Pre wedding day meets each side the family each other and exchange the gift and dance, eat and have fun.
The wedding day bride and groom take head shower and wear new clothes. Based on horoscope thing they have to exchange flower garland and all guests put rice on the bride and grooms head.
Groom ties the Mangal Sutra tied to around brides neck instead exchanging the rings.
An Indian wedding is a multi day function and it involves several ceremonies, such as painting on the hands and feet. This is called Mehndi day. Bridal day, :?: it’s preparing weeding girl. Before the wedding day, the families meet each other and exchange gifts and dance, eat and have fun.

On the wedding day, the bride and groom take head shower :?: wash their hair :?: and wear new clothes. Based on their horoscope they have to exchange flower garlands and all guests put rice on the bride and grooms head. The groom ties the Mangal Sutra around the bride's neck instead exchanging the rings

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Re: How do people exchange business cards in different cultures?

Post by James Trotta » Fri Aug 26, 2016 2:17 am

Hi. Somehow your post ended up in the business card thread so I moved it here. Hope you find it :D
Tibaijuka wrote:Hi James,

In Uganda, we have many cultures. So wedding cultures vary from region to region.However, the vast majority of weddings are characterized by traditional dances and local diets. There is nothing special that a groom or bride groom does on a wedding ceremony other than giving a speech and dancing. Surprisingly, I have attended one wedding where only the bride gave a speech.

The traditional dances make the ceremony colorful. On this occasion, all sorts of alcoholic are served to the invited guests. To crown it all, after serving the meal, the couple is invited to open a dance which continues till late in the night.
In Uganda, we have many cultures. So wedding cultures vary from region to region. However, the vast majority of weddings are characterized by traditional dances and local diets. There is nothing special that a groom or bride groom does during a wedding ceremony other than giving a speech and dancing. Surprisingly, I have attended one wedding where only the bride gave a speech.

The traditional dances make the ceremony colorful. On this occasion, all sorts of alcoholic drinks are served to the invited guests. After serving the meal, the couple is invited to a dance which continues till late in the night.

:arrow: I deleted "crown it all" because that is usually associated with something negative.

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Re: Teach us about wedding customs in your culture

Post by Nousheen » Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:32 am

Hi James
Today I talk about the wedding .Wedding is varies about culture ,tradition whatever its a love marriage or arrange marriage .In my culture our tradition family is usually happy when there daughter and a son get arrange marriage they totally believe in arrange marriages but families are open mind so they never against they happy if there son or daughter is happy .
In my culture groom and bride groom wear a very fancy dresses .Specifically bride groom wearing heavy jewellery ,apply bridle makeup and a very heavy dresses full of embroidery really bride looking at that time very different and beautiful on the other hand groom wearing some time suit or sometime sherwani but really they both looking that day beautiful because that is the special day of life and they start new life together and both side family wearing beautiful dresses and that day there is special diner full of different verity of dishes which enjoy the guest .

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Re: Teach us about wedding customs in your culture

Post by James Trotta » Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:04 am

Hi :D
Nousheen wrote:Hi James
Today I talk about the wedding .Wedding is varies about culture ,tradition whatever its a love marriage or arrange marriage .In my culture our tradition family is usually happy when there daughter and a son get arrange marriage they totally believe in arrange marriages but families are open mind so they never against they happy if there son or daughter is happy .
In my culture groom and bride groom wear a very fancy dresses .Specifically bride groom wearing heavy jewellery ,apply bridle makeup and a very heavy dresses full of embroidery really bride looking at that time very different and beautiful on the other hand groom wearing some time suit or sometime sherwani but really they both looking that day beautiful because that is the special day of life and they start new life together and both side family wearing beautiful dresses and that day there is special diner full of different verity of dishes which enjoy the guest .
Today I talk bout weddings. a Wedding culture varies. Traditions depend on whether it's a love marriage or arranged marriage. In my culture a traditional family is usually happy when their daughter or son gets an arranged marriage. They totally believe in arranged marriages but families are open minded so they are never against happiness if their son or daughter is happy .

In my culture the groom and bride groom wear very fancy clothes.Specifically the bride groom :arrow: do you mean the bride :?: wears heavy jewellery, applies bridal makeup and a very heavy dress full of embroidery. Really the bride looks very different and beautiful on her wedding day. On the other hand, the groom sometimes wears a suit or sometimes a sherwani but really they both look beautiful that day beautiful because that is the most special day of their lives and they start a new life together and both sides of the family wear beautiful clothes. That day there is special diner with a variety of dishes which the guests enjoy.

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