Lebanese Student Organization - Zaffeh

Cultural performance by Lebanese Student Organization. Whether simple or grand, a Lebanese wedding wouldnt be truly Lebanese without a zaffeh. Zaffeh is Arabic for the act of escorting the bride to her husband in celebration of their holy marriage. A wedding in the village, though simple, is one in which everybody takes part. In many villages, celebrations go on for three consecutive days. On the third day, the groom is escorted by a group of dancers, as they play music, sing and dance on their way to the brides house. This is when the zaffeh really takes place. Joined by family members, friends andneighbours, the groom makes his way up to his brides house. As the bride and groom make their way out, women give them their blessings, not to forget the AhWeeeee-ha, and the zalghouta, a very quick joyous sound. Young boys and girls shower the newly weds with flower petals and rice as a sign of happiness.

Recorded at Taste of OSU on Friday, January 29, 2010 at The Ohio State University by Office of International Affairs videographer Victor van Buchem.

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