Hausa weddings (Arab-like and Indian-like weddings)
The Hausa brides are called Amariyas.
The Hausa traditional wedding is mostly based on Islamic rites, and not as time consuming. At the wedding fatihah, women are expected to stay indoors preparing the bride for her new life.
The culturally rich event tends to last for a week with each day programed with a particular event.
After the marriage proposal an introduction is done where the groom will be asked to provide ‘KayanZace’ (fabrics, household items etc.). The bride’s family is expected to furnish the house while the groom’s family provides the house, although it is not mandatory.
The programs of events are as follows:
This is the wedding fatihah that is hosted by men and it is the most significant. Wedding vows are exchanged but done differently; representatives of both bride and groom exchange the vows in the presence of a religious leader and other witnesses. After which prayers are offered.
Here, the groom’s family come to negotiate with the bride’s friends to release the bride, this is always fun as they all joke and laugh about it but the money must be paid.
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This is strictly for the ladies. A mixture of henna is made and used to make beautiful and lovely flowery designs on the leg, palm and hands. The family of the bride and her friends also apply the henna but that of the bride is more elaborate.
Family and friends escort the bride to her new home and this act is preceded by prayers and advice from the family and friends of the couple.
Sometimes ‘SayanBaki’ is done by some Hausas. This is when the groom’s men negotiate with the bride’s maids on the amount to be paid before the bride speaks to the groom.
The Hausas have an interesting culture with wonderful programs of wedding events.