Azerbaijan is famous for the richness of the preserved traditions and customs that every family keeps and reveres. It is so beautiful when, during the most important events in a person’s life, ancient customs are recalled, with which the wedding, the birth of a child or another festival turns into an exciting spectacle.
The Azerbaijani families are famous for their hospitality, which perfectly reflects all the national customs of the country. Many centuries ago, when this country was born, the guests were treated with special respect, because at that time people lived in tribes and every person who dared to go a long way was a very brave man who must be provided with shelter and food.
There are several traditions that have been preserved to this day. Every family in Azerbaijan welcomes guests with a full table. Especially for the guest, the most delicious dishes can be cooked, fresh meat is fried and the best sweets are on the table. All attention is given only to the guest, who is treated with great respect.
Another interesting custom that may or may not be called hospitable. According to custom, if a bag with food is prepared for the guest, then it means that it is time for the guest to leave the hospitable house. For each country there are indestructible traditions that may not always be clear, but which are important for each people.
However, nevertheless, among the large number of not forgotten customs among Azerbaijanis, the most striking event is the wedding, as well as preliminary matchmaking. The wedding is always filled with a lot of impressions, new and not explainable feelings and emotions.
Every bride feels incredible excitement on this memorable day for her, and each groom tries to show himself brave and strong, so that the young bride knows that next to her is a real man, capable of protecting her all his life.
A distinctive feature of Azerbaijani families is that parents have great respect for the choice of their children. As a consequence, it is very rare for parents to look for a suitable couple for their son or daughter.
As in many countries in Azerbaijan it is customary to send matchmakers. However, before this, the groom’s relatives send one of their representatives to the house of the girl, in order to obtain consent to further matchmaking. Not always after such a visit is given consent and in this case one of the relatives of the groom who has more respect, tries to establish contact with the girl’s parents.
Matchmaking in Azerbaijan begins with the fact that first of all the most respected women from both sides meet. This happens because only a woman can understand a woman and especially a young girl’s heart.
Most often, such meetings are decisive and when women come to a final decision, after that, men from both sides can already meet. When men meet, the girl’s father never gives consent to her daughter’s marriage on the first occasion, and the girl herself is silent in response to the question about the wedding.
This matchmaking is called small, and it never comes to a positive decision, which is accepted only on a large matchmaking. This meeting solves only the question of when exactly the main and most important matchmaking will take place.
By the appointed day in Azerbaijan, if the parents of the girl agree to a marriage, all the relatives of the girl are going to be close and distant. When the matchmakers come all sit down at a large table, and the conversation begins on the detached topics.
At the table there are all but the mother of the girl, she usually enters the room, but never sits with everyone at the table. After some time talking, the matchmakers ask their question, for which they came.
They ask if the girl’s side agrees for the wedding. Usually the answer is given not by the girl’s parents, but by one of her uncles, moreover, the eldest. Obtaining consent is celebrated with a small feast.
Usually such a feast is celebrated with a small dinner and lots of sweet tea. The girl, who at the time of matchmaking is not at home, later congratulate with an early marriage all the relatives.
It happens that on a big matchmaking matchmakers can get a refusal and then all their long efforts will not be necessary. This is a small minus of the fact that wedding ceremonies are stretched for a long period of time.
When the matchmaking in Azerbaijan ends, the time of a small engagement comes in the following way. In the house of the girl the relatives of the groom come and present a ring, a scarf and sweets.
One of the relatives of the groom puts a ring on the finger, puts a handkerchief on her shoulders and gives sweets, which she must bite. The relatives take away the remains of these sweets to the groom.
After this ceremony, a feast begins, on which there are many sweets. So ends a small betrothal and begins a bachelorette party, to which bridesmaids gather.
The bride is trying to try on each of her friends her ring and the first, trying on a custom ring, will have to get married soon. Also, each girlfriend on the head of the bride puts her palm, as if in a sign of blessing for a speedy and successful marriage.
Girls have fun, eat sweets, the remnants of which then take away with them. There is a belief that if you put sweets for one night under a pillow for one type, then the girl may dream of a betrothed.
No wedding in the world can boast of such an abundance of sweetness as in Azerbaijani weddings. Sweets symbolize the sweet life of young people who must live a long and happy life and that all sorrows and misfortunes pass them.
The abundance of customs with which the wedding is filled in Azerbaijan is very interesting. The wedding should always be remembered only from the best side, and how you can forget the sweet wedding, which should be the beginning of a happy and peaceful life.