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Kenya Wedding Traditions

Wedding traditions in Kenya differ from one ethnic group to another and this is because all these groups have their own customs regarding marriage. However, apprerently most of the  weddings taking place in Kenya at the moment are more westernized as people are moving away from the traditional way of doing things.

It is a common Kenya Wedding Tradition for the bridegroom to pay the bride price before the wedding ceremony although this is not strictly the case at the moment. The wedding ceremony can still take place in some communities and the bride price can be paid later. The bride price can be in form of cattle or goats but nowadays most people pay in money form. The paying of the bride price is always like a small ceremony of its own as the groom and his friends and probably his father and brothers go to the home of the bride to officially deliver it.

Most Kenya wedding traditions are usually better known by the older members of the community who must always be present when a couple wants to get married. Some communities will have a series of ceremonies as tradition which may take two to three days. Usually, the older women in the community have to talk to the bride and offer advice on married life.

After the wedding ceremony, the bride has to go with the bridegroom’s family and this applies to the traditional weddings. For the modern weddings, the couple can then leave for their honeymoon destination after the ceremony.

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