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Luo Traditional Weddings

The Luo are a group of people who come from Ba-el-gazel in southern Sudan in Africa and moved downwards towards Uganda in three major groups. One group stationed in the Northern part of Uganda and formed the community of people currently called the Acholi, while the Lango and Alur people formed communities in the North-western part of Uganda. Another group moved to the south and inter-married with the Bantu people in Bunyoro, and they formed a group called the ‘luo-bito’. The third group moved towards the Eastern part of Uganda and divided into two groups, one settled in Eastern Uganda called the Japadho of Uganda and the other group continued to the Western Kenya, where they settled and today are known as the Jaluo. All these groups of people share a common dialect. Currently, the Luo constitute the third largest tribe in Kenya, accounting for about 13% or 3 million of the countries population. A Luo wedding is a very significant event among the Luo and remaining unmarried is considered inappropriate. Thus to enable all people to get married, polygamy is widely practiced. Despite the many tribes in this populous nation, many Luos still marry within the Luo ethnic group. With the coming of Christianity, many Luo weddings are performed in churches, just like Toronto weddings, with many wedding photos to show for it.

Before a wedding, women are required to organize the menu. Usually, the bride and bridegroom take the financial responsibility of ensuring that everything is catered for. A bridal party of up to twenty people can be organized. Before the wedding day, the bridegroom must visit the bride’s village, accompanied by elders from his village. Usually, the bridegroom must arrive in style and usually this means a fleet of cars. There are many wedding photos taken at this point. All this is done on the eve of the wedding and the bridegroom is required to give everything he is asked for by both the in-laws and the village elders. The traditional Luo wedding usually lasts the entire day. Wedding photos are taken while the bridegroom goes to the brides homestead and picks her up early in the morning.  From there they make their way to the church for the traditional Luo wedding ceremony. After the church ceremony, they go to the reception, which is held in a venue that can accommodate a large number of people.  Usually it is a designated hall or even the bridegroom’s home. Here the community is invited to a large feast and people bring gifts to the couple. People of the community are allowed to speak and offer words of wisdom to the now newly married couple. At times enacted demonstrations or plays may be performed to entertain the guests after the traditional Luo wedding.

After the reception, where many wedding photos are taken, there is an evening party, usually for the closer friends and family who attended the traditional Luo wedding. The couple opens the dance floor with a slow romantic dance and after the first dance, the rest join in. The bridegroom is expected to pay for the drinks and food that is consumed. This party usually lasts the whole night even after the already exhausted couple retires for the night. As Luo’s embrace western culture and practices, honeymoons and anniversaries are becoming common. In Toronto, luxury vehicles accompany many wedding couples and as a result, many Luo people have had weddings just like those in their homeland, right in Toronto. With the changing cultures, the traditional Luo wedding is slowly being integrated with the western wedding style. For your traditional Luo wedding ceremony, hire Babylon for all your important wedding needs! Babylon has been servicing weddings in the G T A, 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 proudto 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 Luo wedding music, or any romantic ballads you like, making your wedding DVD production even more enjoyable for you and your loved ones!

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