It is wedding season again. At Grace Ministries International, we hear about weddings happening all over the world. Each ceremony is different depending on the continent, country, and couple. In the Christian circle one thing that remains the same is the commitment to be with that one other person for the duration of their lives.
In Tanzania, wedding ceremonies are becoming more popular but many couples do not have a ceremony. When they do, the bride has an assistant, similar to a maid of honor, who is responsible for adjusting the veil, fixing the placement of the dress, and even wiping sweat off of the bride’s face. The bride and groom are not allowed to smile, speak, look at each other or adjust their attire. The only time the bride and groom speak is during their vows and they only look at each other once during the ceremony to make sure they are marrying the right person (such a cool tradition!). Their assistants are usually a married couple whom the bride and groom are to go to in their marriage when they need advice. After a lot of trilling and dancing, the bride and groom, assistants and other honored guests go into the bride’s house to have lunch. They then move on to the groom’s home where the groom’s family is anxiously awaiting their arrival.
Brook Seekins shared a story with us of a bride who took a stand regarding marriage and her wedding.
“The Bride was saved at a young age, but her father is unsaved. One day at the bar he made a deal and sold her to someone to be his second wife. Rosada defied his wishes and took a hard stand against that marriage. What rejoicing at her wedding on Saturday! She chose her Husband, a Christian young man. Everyone in her village respected her for that and gave wonderful gifts.”
Though there are various ways to go about having a ceremony and many different traditions, marriage is sacred and not done for the show but for the coming together of two lives.
Whether it be combining sand, white gowns, or wedding bands, the purpose of marriage remains the same. God prepared a man and a woman to be with each other to be partners in ministry until death due them part.