Razan, the bride, and her friends sing: “We like big butts and we can not lie” instead of the usual traditional Arab henna songs, as they enter the party.

Before white bridal dresses were introduced to weddings in the Arab gulf countries (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and the UAE), Arab brides would wear one or more colorful hand woven silk and gold colored threaded dresses accompanied by gold and pearl jewelry decorating their hair and hands. Elderly women would surround the bride singing folklore songs while she sat with her palms and feet being decorated with henna. Her friends, singing and dancing, would replace the decorative fabric over her head after every song. The groom would only enter in the late hours of the evening to walk his bride out as their guests threw money and candy at them both for good luck. Nowadays, a few brides celebrate the traditional Khaleeji henna night called Jelwa/Jalawat or Ghomra. This happens, most often, a day or two before the wedding.

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