Partying and celebrating forms an important part in all weddings, and Jewish wedding is no exception. After following the rituals and ceremonies, it is time to let loose the hair and sway to the beats of music. Commonly, a Jewish wedding is followed by celebration and grand party. Once the religious practices are over, guests rejoice and make merry at the union of two individuals. In Judaism, it is a religious obligation for the guests to make new bride and groom happy on their wedding day. As per the conventional norms, these dinners are held for seven nights after the wedding, after which blessings for the bride and groom were recited by someone, who was not at the wedding. In orthodox families, men and women dance separately. To know more about the post wedding Jewish customs, check out the following lines.
Jewish Post Wedding Customs
Amidst all the hustle bustle of marriage traditions and rituals, the bride and the groom, right after their wedding ceremony are given 15 minutes of seclusion time. During this time, the newly weds retreat to a private room. Generally, after a long day of fasting, it is the time when the bride and the groom feed each other a bite or two of their first meal together.
Seudat Mitzwah Jewish Wedding Feast
An important post wedding Jewish ritual is the reception party, in which mouthwatering Seudat Mitzwah Jewish wedding feast is served. At the time of reception, the newly wedded couple is made to sit in the center of the dancing circle. All friends and relatives get together and share joyous moments. After the week following the wedding, it is customary for friends and relatives to host festive meals in honor of the chatan (groom) and kallah (bride).
In certain Hasidic communities, it is customary for the bride to dance with the male members of the family. During the mitzvah tanz, the bride holds the groom's hand and her father's hand. However, while dancing with other men, she holds on to one end of a scarf or a gartel (belt), while the guest holds on to the other end.