I drove home for the weekend (Abu Dhabi, from Dubai) and when I approached my compound I saw the house decorated and it immediately brought a smile to my face. I love the way houses light up when there is a wedding in the family. It’s such a happy moment, even though some may say it’s a waste of energy/electricity, well haters go on hate. 🙂
Weddings really are such happy moments, even though I’m sure it is quite stressful. It’s fascinating how there are so many different traditions for weddings all over the world. In the arab world, much like the western world, the bride wears white, whereas in the eastern world the brides wear red. I didn’t much understand the distinction until I read that in the east eastern, red symbolises celebration, luck and auspiciousness and I can’t think of a better celebration than your wedding day.
The tradition of wearing white on your wedding day is actually more recent than I thought and apparently it does not symbolise “purity” as I was lead to believe. In 1840, queen Victoria of England wore white on her wedding day and since then people have been more prone to wearing white than any other colour. Before then, people did wear more rich colours and exclusive fabrics. In fact, in Scandinavia, they wore black on their wedding day, how curious. It does amaze me how traditions come about.
Additionally, I learnt that the colour of purity is actually considered to be blue, as you will see Virgin Mary in many depictions wearing a blue veil on her head. It could maybe even explain one of the reasons for the tradition of blue in the rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and silver sixpence in her shoe.” 🙂
I never knew you lit up your houses like that, that’s magical! When I was in Karnak, Egypt we watched some people down the road set up a super colourful tent with lights and it was just wonderful watching their wedding festivities. Everyone was so involved! Every day it seemed like there was more decoration added. I absolutely loved it!
LikeLiked by 1 person
I’ve managed to unspam this, yay. Sorry about that. I love decorations and the effort people put into weddings, it’s like you said, magical :D. You’re right about everyone being involved too, I think it’s mostly because everyone is so happy that they want to contribute to the event by helping, I guess it’s their way of showing how happy they are. 🙂