Today’s Weekend Update traditional marriage is not only beautiful but has a special place in my heart since the bride's parents are from my place. Oh and maybe the fact that I was present at the traditional marriage too. This traditional marriage took place in Atlanta, GA last weekend.
Traditional Marriage in Igboland is not just an affair between the future husband and wife but also involves the parents, the extended family and friends. The bride dances to go and meet the father, then, the bride’s father fills a wooden cup (Iko) with palm wine and passes it on to the girl while the groom finds a place between the guests. It is the custom for her to look for her husband while being distracted by the invitees. Only after she has found the groom, she offered the cup to him and he sipped the wine, the couple now goes back to the father who blesses them and pronounces them married traditionally. During this ceremony, there is also the nuptial dance where the couple dances, while guests wish the newly weds prosperity by throwing money around them or putting bills on their forehead.
What I loved about this traditional marriage was that another mini ceremony was performed which was from the groom’s culture (Rivers state – Kalabari). This ceremony is called “Bibife” which literally means “buying of mouth”. The bride was presented with different types of gifts, about fifteen different wrappers, and guess what, each of the wrappers has a name. I absolutely love the Kalabari traditional marriage. The chunky coral beads worn by the brides are absolutely breathtaking.