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Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Luo Traditional Marriage Ceremony
After the bridegroom and the bride have
decided to get married, they both discuss the matter or give the news to
both parents. If both parents have agreed with the plan they then get
together for the preparation with the help of some elders and in- laws.
While in preparation dealings, they both discuss about the bride price
they normally give a bull and a cow also they give out a goat.
The bride price is not paid as a whole so that it can cement their
relationship .The bride should not prepare food for the groom’s family
or the in-laws the same applies to the groom’s family. The bride’s
family is the only one who is supposed to prepare the food. It is said
that the bride should not be around the cooking area or within the
The bride’s mother should prepare
chicken “Gweno” and other meals are also included example are cow’s meat
“ring dhiang” whereby the cow should be slaughtered on that day. The
people who were preparing food are the ones who are involved with
serving the groom’s family.
The groom’s in –law/ family should not
stay at the bride’s house till 6:00 pm since it may end up bringing
conflict between the two families.
After that, the bride and the bridegroom
are given five weeks to prepare for the wedding ceremony. It is said
that the girl should be placed in the house for three days before
marriage. The locking of the girl is to ensure that the girl is fully
prepared for marriage.
After the three days the bride and
bridegroom are supposed to spend the night together, the reason to that
is to confirm whether that she is a virgin by the grandmother “Dani” and
the news is spread to both the in- laws when they meet again.
Now the girl is handed on to the
bridegroom family so that the ceremony can continue whereby it may be
the last since she has been handed over.
Story Prepared by: Sharon Atieno, Fiona Achieng, Quinter Anyango, Viona Akinyi, Quinter Achieng,Levina Anango, Queen Aoko, Phoebe Adhiambo, Ann Atieno, Sharon Adhiambo,Lavender Achieng, Belindah Nereah, Lavender Mewa and Meldon Awuor Ruaraka High School