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Monday, 4 August 2014
Tiriki Traditional Marriage Ceremony
Amongst the tiriki, a luhya sub tribe,
traditional marriage practices occurred after the boy and the girl had
decided to get marryies. Both parents were informed about their decision
and if they were okay with it, the marriage arrangements would start
First they would set a day for the dowry
discussion and later they would celebrate and may be the boy would be
allowed to take his wife before the dowry was brought or denied to take
the bride until the dowry was brought.
On the day of dowry discussion, the
groom came to the girl’s home accompanied by his parents, uncles and
friend. He was accompanied by his uncle because they represented the
parents even in the case where one or both of the parents had passed on.
On the other hand the bride was hidden and the parents could attend
the meeting alongside with the aunts and the girls friends.
When the meeting was still going on some
relatives and some friends of the bride’s family would be in the
kitchen preparing a meal that both families and would share if they
reached to an agreement. The traditional meals that were prepared
included, chicken, beef stew, ugali and busaa (a traditional brew among
When the meeting would be almost over
and they have reached an agreement, the girl could be brought in the
open and would happily be accepted by her groom, then the meeting would
be called off and the celebration would start. After the celebration had
ended, the in-laws were supposed to have gone by six o’clock. The boy
would be allowed to go with the bride before the dowry was brought and
they would be packed for some foods by the bride’s mother to the
couple’s, in a basket that would be returned later with some food stuffs
for the bride’s mother.
NB: Usually the bride price was not brought in full so as to cement the relationship of the two families.
Story Prepared by: Silvia Khatetsia, Hadija Ashuma, Yvonne Jeiza,Salome Macreen and Rose Ondeche Ruaraka High School