On her wedding day, a bride is celebrated and treated rather regally. We have all heard “it’s her special day” and other such phrases, seeing as though they represent a wholly worldwide belief. Muslim weddings are especially rich in such a belief, and have been so for centuries.
Since the earliest of Muslim weddings, brides have been treated with respect and adoration on their wedding days. Nowadays, they are treated no differently, and even part take in a certain celebration held just for them. After the wedding ceremony, the bride changes into a specially made, elaborate gown adorned with gold, jewels, pearls, and other such decorations. It is in this gown that she is then held aloft and paraded around like royalty while friends and family watch, dance, and celebrate. After up to two hours of this, she is returned to the ground and placed into the groom’s arms, an indication of the end of the celebration. It unifies all the attending guests in a rather fun and sweet celebration, and says quite the lot about how Muslim brides are treated and thought of.
By Julia Dankov