Tunisian wedding is a civil act that has the distinction of taking place in 7 days.
Even if, today, the marriage ceremony has modernized, it still knew how to preserve the ancestral customs related to the marriage.
Each region in Tunisia is distinguished by its own customs and wedding rituals. Here is an overview of the traditional customs of marriage in Tunisia:
1st Day: Engagement
The Tunisian marriage, as well as the Moroccan marriage, begins according to the traditions of the engagement.
The bridegroom accompanied by his parents go to the home of his bride to formally request his hand.
Once the union is accepted by both families, some verses of the Koran are recited and cries of joy “Zaghrouda” announce their future union.
2nd day of the wedding: Civil and religious wedding
A civil ceremony must precede a religious wedding.
In Tunisia, the marriage certificate is concluded in the presence of the notary or in front of the registrar in the presence of two witnesses.
The religious wedding ceremony takes place either in the mosque or at the parents of the bride, in the presence of the Imman who consecrates the union.
3rd day of the wedding: Saboun
This day of the Tunisian wedding is called “Saboun”, it is the starting point of the marriage.
The future bride helped by the women of the family (sisters, aunts, cousins …) will prepare his trousseau composed of linen, household appliances, furniture, kitchen utensils, decorations …
The 4th day of the wedding: The Hammam ritual
This second day of the Tunisian wedding ceremony is entirely dedicated to Laaroussa (the fiancée): It is the day of the Hammam.
Forming a musical procession, all women take care of “Laaroussa” for example by performing a scrub to the glove of “Kessa” or a mask with clay.
Everything is done so that the bride comes out of the hammam with a skin of softness and radiant beauty and thus be attracted all the attention on the day of her marriage.
This ritual helps the young woman to relax before the wedding ceremony and is a real ritual of beauty.
5th day of the wedding: The henna ceremony
The traditions of Tunisian marriage stipulate that henna can bring luck and happiness to the bride.
That day the bride wears a traditional red dress and the “Nekacha” (henna tattooer) draws patterns on the hands and feet of the bride with a paste of henna.
6th day of the wedding: The Harkous
In the same way that the day before, the “Nekacha” will apply another layer of henna on the hands and feet of the Tunisian bride.
Also, Laarousa applies to the body a mixture of white stone (Barouk) and rose water to have a satin skin the day of her marriage.
7th day of the wedding: L’Outia
This wedding is mostly female and usually takes place over 2 or 3 days depending on the region.
During this wedding party, the bride can wear up to 4 different traditional outfits and gives an extra layer of henna.
For his part, the Tunisian groom also benefits from a wedding party between men.