“Aghd”, between engagement and real marriage
Once the marriage and its conditions are decided, it is time to officialize it. The Aghd ceremony somehow looks like an engagement party, yet it is also when the marriage becomes official. This is both a religious and legal ceremony that is presided over by a Mullah.
The Aghd ceremony is limited to close family members. Most of the time, the celebrations are not mixed, and the only man attending is the groom (yet, this is not always the case). During Aghd, the Mullah reads verses of the Quran before asking for the consent of the bride, three times. After the third time, the bride can say the expected “yes”. After which, the consent of the groom is asked (once only, though!).
One of the important items of Aghd is the “soffreh”. This is a table that must contain different foods and decorations. There must be for instance pastries, fruits (that symbolize fertility), but also a mirror and two candles, the Quran, and gold coins.
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