Despite the strong bent towards secularism
in Turkey, there are still several parts of traditional Islamic
practices present in the wedding ceremony, both before the
wedding and during the celebrations.
• Marriages between Muslims and
those not adhering to the faith are discouraged.
• A Muslim man may take a Jewish or Christian woman
as his wife, and she is not required to convert to Islam.
• Muslim women, on the other hand, are not permitted
to marry a man of another faith. If they wish to marry
a Jewish or Christian man, he must first convert to Islam.
This is because the Muslim religion is passed down through
the male line.
• Arranged marriages still take place, although
the dowry is not as important in Turkey as it is in other
Rural vs urban
As is the case in many Muslim
countries, there is a wide disparity when it comes to religious
practices and ceremonies among people who live in the city
and those who live in the less developed areas. As a rule,
rural weddings are more traditional. In Turkey, this means
• The input of the children
is considered in most urban arrangements. In the country,
on the other hand, consultation rarely takes place.
• Urban weddings will take place at hotels or other
buildings with lobbies, while urban ceremonies and receptions
will take place at the house of the groom’s family.
• The bride is escorted to the house of the groom by
her party in the country.
After the ceremonies, the Turkish
wedding will usually involve some kind of reception. Although
segregation of the sexes does occur, it is not as extreme
as in some very traditional Muslim nations. There is singing
and dancing during the Turkish celebrations, during which
men and women are present in the same room, but remain separate
for the traditional folk dances.
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