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أغسطس 05، 2010

The Palestinian Flok wedding

The Palestinian wedding has been  known with its traditional song written by poets of the Palestinian village or city, which reflects the customs and social traditions of people, a legacy inherited by sons and daughters from their parents in their own words and tunes.

The flock songs is a link between the past and the present, it shows how much Palestinians are attached to their land, and their eagerness to protect their heritage. Their lyrics describe personalities, emotions and concerns in colloquial traded in each village or city. There are some of the common songs shared by all towns and villages such as " Al- Dall'onah, Zarif Al- Toul " that are recited in a  certain phase of the wedding, accompanied by Dabkha performed by a group of young men and women in the ceremony.

 One of the most special phases in the wedding is the groom bath where the groom's family rent a traditional Turkish bath to bathe the groom and his friends. After that, they go out in the wedding procession chanting:" Areesna zein el-shabab, zein el-shabab areesna." translated into "Our bridegroom is the best of youth, the best of youth is our bridegroom".

Another phase is when the bride goes out of her family's house, where the tears of joy are mixed with the separation tears. Everybody is happy for her but still sad at the same time 'cause she's about to leave the house. Meanwhile the groom and his family at her door step are chanting the songs of joy and ready to take her to the Matrimonial home , and when she gets there, they start to sing the songs where they ask the groom to take care of his bride and ask the bride to do the same .

The Palestinian wedding before the Nakba remains the same, maintains its flock songs, and resists the modern songs that are trying to erase the Palestinian flock heritage features from the modern Palestinian weddings.

The photo symbolizes the Palestinian flock wedding/ done by Bethlehem University

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