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Kurdish Traditional Weddings

Kurdish culture has distinctive traits that are different from that of other cultures; however, Kurdish traditions are somewhat similar to those of the Iranians. Some of these similarities include the large celebrations involved with occasions like weddings. Additionally, both cultures celebrate ‘Newroz’, which is their New Year celebration. Newroz is celebrated on twenty first of March. Kurds are considered as moderate Muslims thus the less observation of Islamic rules. For example, Kurdish culture allows women to work outside their homes. Unlike other Muslims, Kurdish cultures have less restriction about women wearing the ‘hijab’ (covering). The Kurdish people also have unique wedding cultures admired by many people around the world. Kurdish Marriage Procedure Unlike Toronto weddings, three or four men and women who are of an older age visits the bride’s home before the ceremony, as dictated by the Kurdish wedding’s traditional culture. In the first day of visit, the visitors tell the bride’s parents the reasons for their visit. The purpose of this visit is to inform the girl’s parents about their interest in her to get married to one of their own. After explaining their motive, the girl’s parent may agree, or refuse to to give their daughter’s hand for marriage.

When the girl’s parents show some interest, the guests ask for some water and the girl’s parents ask her to serve the guests with the water. The objective of this act is to give guests a chance to view the girl’s stature, character as well as appearance. According to Kurdish wedding traditional culture, the girl is supposed to stand there until the guest finish drinking water. If the guests are impressed with the girl, they organize a second visit. In the second visit, the guest comes along with the man intending to marry the girl. The elderly guests introduce the man to the girl and her parents. This gives the young girl and man a chance to interact and know each other. According to Kurdish wedding traditional culture, the ceremony kicks off only when the man is pleased with the girl and agrees to marry her. When this happens, the elderly guests request the girl’s parents to hand their daughter for marriage. When both girl and young man are happy and satisfied, the wedding ceremony is prepared. Unlike Toronto weddings, this wedding is prepared within the same day.

Actual Kurdish Wedding Ceremony is Just like Toronto weddings, Kurdish people celebrate well the unification of a man and a woman. During this ceremony, there is much music and gaiety, as this is a happy time for the families of the wedding couple. According to Kurdish culture, there are three kinds of performances that take place, including storytellers and love music. All of the songs performed are meant to cement love between the lovers. Most of the songs praise the wedding couples as heroes and winners. According to Kurdish culture, music performances usually start one day prior to the wedding occasion. On the actual day, the groom puts a ring on the bride’s finger while the wedding party and guests celebrate the occasion with song and dance. As the song and dance is taking place, the young man’s relatives offer presents and gifts to the girl’s parents. This shows appreciation for the parents of the bride. According to traditional Kurdish wedding culture, the ceremony ends after presentation of ‘shara buke’, which is a shawl, placed on the bride’s head. The shawl must have white, yellow and red colors on it. Two rings are put on the bride’s finger, and according to Kurdish wedding traditional culture, the main ring symbolizes engagement while the second ring symbolizes the right of the husband to visit the bride any time he wishes.

For your traditional Kurdish wedding ceremony, hire Babylon for all your important wedding needs! Babylon has been servicing weddings in the GTA, and around the world, for over 25 years! We can provide many services, including:

Wedding photography Our skilled photographers will photograph all of the special moments from your wedding day! They will make sure your precious memories last forever, on beautiful prints of any size you wish! You will be proud to share these quality wedding photos with your loved ones.

Wedding videography
 Our expert videographers will capture your entire day, onto film, then edit it to your liking onto a quality DVD production. At Babylon, our videographers consider your wedding video not just a video, but a movie production that will contain special memories meant to be passed down to future generations. Our expert staff can even add a soundtrack of traditional Kurdish wedding music, or any romantic ballads you like, making your wedding DVD production even more enjoyable for you and your loved ones!

Limousine Service We have a large, luxurious selection of limousines available for your wedding transportation needs! Arrive in style in a brand new strtetch limousine, or choose from our wide selection of other options. From the classic automobile to the modern sleek and shiny style of limousine, Babylon can provide any style of limousine you wish, so that you can arrive in style and comfort to your wedding!

Babylon can provide wedding DJs that play your country’s wedding songs, singers that can speak your native tongue, or even live bands that will play traditional wedding music from your country! For any traditional performance you may want at you wedding, simply ask us and we will do our best to provide.

Wedding Invitations
 We can work with you to design your wedding invitations, print them up and even send them to your guests!

Also, we can help you choose the right venue for your wedding reception, the bridal boutique closest to you for your wedding dress, and even help you plan the catering! Hire the best in the wedding industry. Hire Babylon. Trust the best in the wedding and wedding photography business. Trust Babylon.