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Persian Wedding Traditions

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Persian Wedding Traditions Dating back to 550 B.C. Hanna Bandan - تات٠حÙا - (Wedding Eve) The day before the wedding is the bathing day. The bride, the groom and relatives go to bathhouses. The bride and the other women would have manicures, pedicures and massages with special oils and perfumes. The groom had to have a bath, but his was much simpler. Later, at night there would be a ceremony called “Hanna Bandan”. Here, henna would be placed on the bride’s hands and feet. The fathers of the bride and the groom would then sprinkle esphand (a herb) on a brazier with hot coals that would produce a smoke with a pure scent. The fathers spin around the soon to be in-law with the smoke to ward off the “evil eye”. ...read more.


The bride and the groom will have time to talk alone about the future. Sofreye Aghd - گسترش عرÙØ³Û (Wedding Spread) A floor spread set up for the wedding ceremony. This spread contains the seven herbs, the seven pastries, a mirror, bread, decorated eggs, fruits, rose water, honey, coins and a holy book. The seven Herbs are; poppy seeds (to break spells and witchcraft), rice, Angelica, salt (to blind the evil eye), Nigella seeds, tea leaves and Frankincense (to burn the evil spirits). The seven pastries are Noghl, Baklava, rice cookies, almond cookies, chickpea cookies and marzipan. These are served to the guests after the ceremony. The mirror and candles represent light and fire. The bread has special Persian calligraphy written on it. The decorated eggs are symbols of fertility. ...read more.


Pastries and nuts from the spread are offered to the guests with joyful music in the background. The bride & groom light two candles on both sides of the mirror, one for the bride and one for the broom to symbolize light in their new life. Pa Takhti - پا ØªØ®ØªÛ (Post Wedding Ceremony) Pa Takhti is held the day after the wedding. The bride dresses up (with floral ornaments) and the house is decorated with many, many flowers, which are provided by the groom’s family. Not a sit-down dinner, more of a “sweets and drink” party. The relatives of the bride and the groom bring presents on this night rather than the wedding night. The night is spent by dancing and socializing with new family members. It’s basically, a bridal shower after the wedding. Khastegari http://www.persianmirror.com/celebrations/persianweddings/engagement/iranianengagement.cfm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_marriage#Before_the_marriage http://www.iranchamber.com/culture/articles/iranian_marriage_ceremony.php Hanna Bandan http://www.iranian.com/main/blog/party-girl/iranian-wedding-1 http://www.cultureofiran.com/iranian_marriage_ceremony.html http://www.heritageinstitute.com/zoroastrianism/marriage/iranian/index.htm Sofreye Aghd http://www.farsinet.com/persian_wedding/ http://www.persianmirror.com/wedding/sofreh/sofreh.cfm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_marriage Aghd http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_marriage http://www.persianmirror.com/celebrations/persianweddings/aroosi/aroosi.cfm http://www.farsinet.com/persian_wedding/ PaTakhti http://www.iranian.com/main/blog/party-girl/iranian-wedding-1 http://library.thinkquest.org/06aug/00844/bridesmakeupforpatakhti.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_marriage ...read more.

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