Like Pakistani weddings, Turkish weddings too are celebrated with a large number of family and friends, food and of course dance. The weddings there are a blend of culture and tradition and the days differ depending on the region. While a village couple can celebrate for three days, couples from cities or towns hold the legal ceremony and reception on the same day and leave for their honeymoon the very next day. Like every other wedding, the Turks too have their own customs that they follow among the celebrations. Let’s read what they are:
Before the wedding takes place, both the families of the bride and the groom meet up to enjoy the traditional Turkish sweet called Baklava. They also distribute it among their friends and neighbors to let them know about the special day.
Kina night is held almost a week or two before the wedding takes place. It is a pre-wedding celebration among the females, in which the bride usually wears a red gown. She later changes into a traditional dress called ‘bindali’ while the celebration continues throughout the night. At this time, the groom along with his friends also joins the ceremony. The couple enters the ceremony together while the females walk in front of them holding candles. The couple walk three times in a circle before being seated followed by the elders performing the henna ceremony. The bride and groom keeps their palm closed until they are provided a gold coin by their in-laws.
The Turkish brides mostly wear a white wedding dress with a red belt around their waist. This ‘maidenhood belt represents their virginity and is tied by a close male relative. The absence of the belt in the past used to stir up gossips among the people but presently it is up to the bride whether she wants to wear the belt or not.
Like the bouquet throwing tradition, the Turkish weddings have a similar version of it. The female friends of the bride write down their names on the sole of the bride’s shoes and the name that gets rubbed off the most at the end of the day will get married next. It’s a fun tradition that the females get to enjoy!
After the legal and cake cutting ceremony has taken place, the couple has red ribbons tied around their neck. Every guest pins a gold coin or money on the ribbon as a celebration of the couple.
After the ceremony is done with, the couple sits in the decorated car and rides around the town along with the entire convoy. They beep horns as they go while the children on the streets block their way to get money from them.
Every country on the planet has their own customs and traditions which make up the entire wedding ceremony. They represent the culture of that region making it a whole lot more interesting to attend a wedding that is celebrated differently from ours. If you ever get invited to a Turkish wedding, never refuse and get yourself a lifetime of experience.