Click on “A Traditional Sudanese Wedding” (above) to see a interactive graphic, explaining one of Sudan’s most traditional and common wedding ceremonies.
The Jertik ceremony is among seven of the Sudanese wedding ceremonies. The bride and groom wear traditional Sudanese clothes. The bride wears a red tob and the groom wears a beige jalabeya . In addition, both the bride and groom should have henna on their hands and feet. During the Jertik, the bride and groom sit on a red stage where the mothers and grandmothers apply spiritual spices on the faces and heads of the newly weds. Furthermore, the bride and groom are to spit milk on each other to represent protection and commitment. As the ceremony is carried out, musicians sing blessings to the newly weds.