Kent State University
When Kurdish Jewish families
marriages for their sons and daughters, they celebrated a successful
with a betrothal party, a qadoshe. The groom's family
a feast, and took the food to the bride's house on a Tuesday. The
next day, the bridegroom came in a procession to his bride's house, and
sat in a seat of honor. The bride's family brought his bride to
him, and unveiled her, so everyone could be certain that he was getting
the girl he bargained for, and not a substitute! He kissed her
gave her a ring, and smashed a wine glass as women ululated klilililililililili.
he went home to celebrate with his friends and dance until morning.
The bride's family
rest of the night at her house, and hennaed the bride's hands, feet and
hair. If fashion or circumstance didn't permit such thorough
the bride had at least her little finger hennaed. The bride's friends
with her all night, celebrating her good fortune.
Additional material on Kurdish Jewish marriage traditions is
Jews of Kurdistan" by Eric Brauer.
The Jews of Kurdistan
and edited by Raphael Patai
Wayne State University
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