African Culture

Wedding in Ethiopia

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In Ethiopia, the Karo people usually enhance a young bride’s beauty by tattooing and painting her body with different African symbols.

Ethiopian wedding
Ethiopian wedding

In Ethiopia, most marriages are negotiated by the two families, sometimes with a civil ceremony sealing the simple contract. In those ceremonies, a priest may be present.

After the marriage, divorce is allowed, but this must also be negotiated girl at the wedding is paid a housekeeper’s salary and is not eligible for inheritance. Still, children from the marriage are legally recognized and be entitled to inheritance.

Priests may marry but not eligible for divorce as well as remarriage. The Wedding procedure starts while using the groom’s side, sending any representative who requests the marriage between their parties. Then an appointment is given plus a verdict on the marriage. Before the wedding, the Dowry is provided as agreed.



Ethiopian wedding
Ethiopian wedding

On the wedding morning, the groom and three to four “best men” go to their homes. At the house, the ladies’ family ceremonially blocks the entrance of the house. The associates must play strongly and force their way into your house.

The first “bestman” contains sprays and perfume everywhere at home while the bride’s family plays songs.

In Amhara and Tigray places, Christian marriages are often arranged from the parents of the special couple with lots of negotiation.

According to tradition, in addition to culture, the bride has to be a virgin when the marriage occurs, and this is an old traditional ritual. Because the bride virginity will be highly valued and pleasure in Christian marriage, with everyone in your house being shamed if the bride is not a virgin at marriage


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Francis Chidera
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Popularly known as Chokolate is a content creator. A lover of simplified words making it easy to get to a wider audience. It pains to see that Africans are forgetting and neglecting who they are, hence, I am passionate about reminding us of our culture. I work with 54history on the African culture category, to achieve this aim.

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