Laylat Al-Ghumra Traditions in Saudi Arabia
Laylat Al-Ghumra in Arabic symbolizes the bride being covered with gold before her big day, the bride and groom's family present the bride with gold or jewelry and have henna painted on her hands and feet, guests also can have henna painted on their hands and feet if they would like to.
Although considered to be very old traditions many young brides don't skip their Ghumra night.
Find out the most popular traditions and details that go into this special and magical night.
The Bride's Look
The bride usually wears a traditional outfit or abaya that is from her region, some brides have their face covered in a burqa with pearls and embroidery and don't show their face to strangers until the wedding.
The bride then has her hands and feet painted with henna and wears beautiful gold bracelets given to her by her groom.
Brides in the past used to have simple henna designs painted on their hands and feet, but these days brides are choosing more elaborate designs with floral patterns.
Also, in the past, it was absolutely mandatory for brides to have henna drawn on their hands and feet, but today a bride doesn't have to if she prefers to skip the henna ritual.
On this special night, the bride is presented with valuable gifts from gold, jewelry, to luxurious perfumes, and the gifts are displayed in front of all the guests.
The bride then enters on music surrounded by her mother, sisters, and aunts, and that is when the celebration and dancing begins.