Weddings in Egypt: Outsmarting Curfew

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Weddings in Egypt: Outsmarting Curfew
Thu 29-08-2013

With Egypt facing difficult times, the curfew set by the police and army has disrupted the life of many Egyptians.

Amid Cairo's midday traffic, a wedding parade is a  rare daytime sight in the city that had never slept before being forced to bed by an army-imposed dusk-to-dawn curfew.

For the past 10 days, the country's new army-installed rulers have attempted to contain defiant opponents of the July 3 ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi with a 7 pm-6 am daily curfew.

The bride's father told his son-in-law Karim: "Who in his right mind would want to have a wedding party in this heat?"

"The photographer closes at 4 because of the curfew; we're going to be late," says Karim, 28, checking his watch almost every other second.

The bride Eman, who is 24 years old, was worried about clashes flaring up before her big day.

"Violence can erupt at any moment these days," she told the Anadolu Agency, on the eve of her wedding.

"Around %60 of our clients have changed their bookings to morning," Kariman Maher, a booking executive for a wedding hall complex overlooking the Nile in Giza.