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Marriage In Afghanistan

Marriage In Afghanistan

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  1. Marriage In Afghanistan Alexis Blackmon

  2. Basic Facts • Celebrations last 3 days long • Everyone in the immediate and extended family is invited as well as friends of the family • Required LOADS of planning and expenses • Governed by marriage laws and are strictly governed. (AMTAPL 1)

  3. Laws that Govern Afghan Marriages • Allow girls 10 years and younger to be engaged, not married. • Can get married at the minimum, 16 years old. • Grooms family pays for expenses of the marriage • Afghan women are not permitted to marry other than Muslim men, men can marry Afghan, Jewish, or Christian women. • The marriage will only include the Nikah (marriage) ceremony (AMTAPL 1)

  4. Groom Chosen by Parents • The groom is initiated by the women in the family(age, looks, education background, his ability to support his wife and family background), Men(character and reputation) to finish the process. • a formal proposal of marriage is made by the letter to the father of the bride • When the proposal is formally accepted, the bride’s family will host a party to symbolize the acceptance and underline the fact that the expenses of the bride from date of engagement will be borne by the groom’s family. Chosen by Himself • Informs his family of his interest • Father of the groom make inquires of the female • If approved, father send an elder of their family to propose for the male. (AMTAPL 1)

  5. Family Obligations Women • Age, looks, education background, his ability to support his wife and family background Men • Character and reputation (AMTAPL 1)

  6. The Henna Night: Takht e Khina • Held before the wedding • Groom’s family pays expenses • The groom sits by the bride. • The bride is teased by the female relatives of the groom and not allowed to reach the dais unless she pays toll • Bride closes her right hand and refuses to let them decorate it, unless open by force or accepting a gift from the groom’s mother • Groom puts henna in the bride’s hand and covers it with a white clean cloth then leaves the party. • Then hands and feet get covered in henna patterns (TEHANAMC)

  7. Sher-E-Ne Khore Party • Paid for by the bride’s family • Bride is required to wear a full green dress • Couple will be engaged for one month to get to know each other. (AW)

  8. The Rest of the Celebrations • Conducted over a three day span • Done between 6pm and 2am • HUGE party (TEHANAMC)

  9. Marriage Ceremony • Bride and the groom exchange vows in the presence of the mullah or priest • The priest reads sections from the Quran and direct the bride and the groom through the ceremony • “marriage reception” – hosted by the Groom’s family • The bride and groom then go through several rituals, exchange rings, and cut the wedding cake. • In the morning, breakfast is served and the bride and groom are conducted to their wedding chamber and left alone. (TEHANAMC)

  10. Traditions • “Mirror and Qur’an.” They are covered with a single shawl, and given a mirror which is wrapped in cloth. A Qur’an is placed on the table in front of them. In privacy under the shawl, they then unwrap the mirror and look at their reflection for the first time, together as a married couple. They each then take turns reading verses from the Qur’an. • Guest won’t receive invitations until 1-2 days before the event • Shade of purple at engagement party(Bride) • Wedding requires two dresses: Green and “fairy like” white (WIA&AW)

  11. Citations • "Afghan Marriage Traditions and Prevailing Laws." Afghan Marriage Traditions. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2012. <>. • "The Engagement, Henna and Nikah in Afghan Marriage Customs." Afghan Marriage Customs. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2012. <>. • "Weddings in Afghanistan." Islam. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2012. <>. • "Afghan Weddings." Afghan Weddings. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2012. <>.