Marriage Customs

The marriages were beginningwith proposals. If the would-be groom likesthe would-be bride, first the family of groom seeksopinion of the other side about this affair. If they seepositive signs upon these inquiries, the familieswould begin to talk with each other. Sometimes thefamily of the would-be groom would have to visitthe family of would-be bride for many times. Eventhe family of the girl wants the marriage, it was oftradition to prolong the approval a little. Becausegirls’ house was seen as the house of coyness. Theywere believing that if they give their girl at firstproposal, the other people would think there wassomething wrong with their girl.The preparations were beginning 1 week before thewedding. The trousseau was being hanged in thegirl’s house and everyone would go to see it. Thegirls were beginning to prepare their trousseauwhen they were children. All the girls, almost totheir wedding day, were preparing embroidery suitableto their own taste and aesthetics. The trousseauwas very essential and important thing for abride. Each relative was helping and contributingsomething to form a rich trousseau. The trousseauwas being considered as the handicraft exhibitionof the bride. It was being exhibited like the paintingsof an artist before one week to the weddingand people from the neighborhood were examiningthis exhibition with critical and meticulous eyes.They were eating lokum in groom’s house. Thegirl’s entourage was coming to ceremony of k›na.At saturday evening, musicians were coming to thehouse of the groom’s family and guests were beinginvited to the wedding on this day. On Sunday, beforeprayer of noon, they used to go and take thebride from her house. And the bride was being broughtfrom her house to the house of groom. .