While the world celebrated Valentine’s Day last weekend with red roses and romantic dinners to the rhythms of love songs, an Egyptian couple broke the circle of traditional expression of love, tying the knot on the ceremony rituals of their Pharaonic ancestors.
The Pharaonic Village in Giza witnessed on Sunday the first-of-a-kind wedding on Pharaonic ceremony rituals. The wedding followed rituals of ancient Egyptians, reflecting their traditions and following the steps for announcing the marriage.
In front of a temple built inside the village, the couple walked down the aisle in a procession with dozens of followers that witnessed the marriage. A priest officiated the wedding.
The wedding was a part of the Pharaonic Village’s policy of raising people’s awareness of the social ceremonies and traditions of the ancient Egyptian civilisation. At the time, men used to get married between the age of 16 to 20, while women usually were married right after puberty. There was not much mentioned about wedding ceremonies in ancient Egypt, except in the New Kingdom.
During the Late Kingdom, it was chronicled that the marriage of upper classes witnessed inking a contract between the couple. The contract included their names, the name of the ruling Pharaoh at the time of the marriage, and the craft of the husband that is considered the family’s main breadwinner. At the end of contract, witnesses had to sign and mention the settlement they belong to.
Traditionally, at the wedding, the couple started their lives by displaying sacrifices to the Gods in front of the temple. The groom also gave presents to the bride’s father.
As for the middle class, it was known throughout the Pharaonic era that they held wedding ceremonies collectively.
All photos taken by Fadel Dawood