Muslim Wedding Games

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Muslim Wedding Games
Muslim wedding ceremonies often include games and teasing the bride and groom. (la india4 image by Carlos-bcn from Fotolia.com)

Muslim weddings are large affairs that can last up to three days. Games are often played after a meal once the official ceremony is over. These games have been adopted over time into Muslim wedding ceremonies around the world, but they are not an official part of a traditional Islamic ceremony.

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Hiding the Shoes

This game, known as the Jutti Chupai ritual, is almost always done as part of the festivities of a Muslim wedding. After the official ceremony is over, the bridesmaids hide the groom's shoes when he is trying to leave. The women demand payment in exchange for his shoes. It is a lighthearted game meant to tease the groom and enable the bride's family to get to know him better.

Fishing the Ring

There are two variations to this game. In the first variation, the bride and groom put their rings in a bowl of water, which is shaken vigorously. If the bride's ring settles to the bottom first, that means that she will be a submissive wife, but if the groom's ring settles first, then the bride will rule the roost. In another version, one ring is placed in a bowl of milk. The couple both reach in to retrieve the ring. Whoever finds the ring first will have the edge in the marriage.

Knotted String

In one version of this game, the couple must untie strings tied around their wrists. The first one to do so will have the upper hand in the marriage. Another version of this game is that the couple is given a knotted string to unravel. They must both work together using one hand each to untie the knot; it is said that the faster they untie the knots, the easier their marriage will be. The groom's sister is typically given knot-tying duties.

Going Home

Going Home is played upon the arrival of the bride and groom to the groom's house. The women of the groom's family will block the bride from entering the home. She must first bow to their deity, a covered mound. When the bride bows to the deity, the women laugh cheerfully. The mound is uncovered to reveal not a deity but a mound full of old shoes. This is a playful game by the women meant to welcome the bride into her new family.

Where is My Heart

The bride and the groom and other married couples in random order stand back to back. The women call out to their spouse using pet names and phrases without using his actual name. If the men answer to the correct women, they pair off and leave the game. The game becomes especially fun when the men answer to the wrong women.

You Touch My Heart

The bride and the women of the bride's family put their hands through holes in a sari and hold it in such a way that the groom can only see a bunch of hands. The groom has three tries to correctly guess his bride's hands. If he is unable to correctly guess, he must pay a fine, usually cash, before his bride is given back to him.

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