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Today is the big day: the wedding.The early start isn't out of the ordinary at a Druze weddings, which are typically whole-day marathons that go from early morning to late into the night.The "kateb kteb" – the official marriage contract – precedes the big ceremony and it's when the bride and groom are officially married.Hospitality is a key part of Druze weddings with the families of the couples seeing it as an opportunity to give back to those in the community.The only other food-related custom that is important during the day that the bride's family mustn't offer baklava, this is the responsibility of the groom. This is usually a two hour ceremony because it involves a large parade – the wedding procession – and a festive entrance for the bride. But in this wedding, the ceremony was shortened since the parade had to get to Amatour, around an hour and half away from Aley. Congratulations were received at the town's hall for an hour, before heading to the groom's home.Even within Druze weddings there are often unique local traditions.
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