Like most Arab countries, the society of Algeria is centered around religion. In Algeria the main religion is Islam with the majority of citizen being Muslim. In Algeria the marriage custom is a very serious tradition. Algerians consider entering into a marriage is a sign of maturity. The marriage has to be based on love, according to the writings of the Islamic Qur’an. The wedding and marriage customs of Algeria are similar to those in other Muslim communities and countries.
While couples in Algeria are allowed to marry whom they wish, the union must be approved by the families. Parents in these families are considered to have the ability to help guide their children to an appropriate marriage partner. In a typical situation, the potential group will let his mother know of his intentions and love for a woman. His mother will then examine and look into the woman family to see if the family will be satisfactory. If the woman and her family receive the approval of the groom’s mother, the groom’s family will approach the woman’s family as a way of proposal. The engagement begins with a visit to the mosque.
In Algerian culture, it is believed that the more money that can the spent on the wedding, the prouder it will make the family. For many weeks prior to the nuptials, the women of the families will prepare desserts such as baklava. The meal at the wedding will consist of meat, vegetables and couscous.
Following the wedding party, the bride, wearing her bridal clothing and jewelry, is taken to the groom’s house, where she is placed in a decorated chair. The wedding party then takes part in dances to say goodbye. The groom then goes to his bride and they walk out of the house as wife and husband.
Last Updated ( Monday, 14 May 2012 06:37 )