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The Knocking on the Door

An African tradition with a moder day twist

In the modern-day vernacular, this simply means bringing your families together prior to your wedding to allow them to form a bond, or to know if you need to separate them at the wedding

Since marriage in African culture is considered the official joining of two families, a large emphasis is placed on getting family permission and blessings before the wedding.


African Tradition

In Ghana, the groom requests permission through the custom of "knocking on the door." Bearing gifts, he visits his potential in-laws accompanied by his own family. If his "knock" is accepted, the families celebrate and the wedding planning begins. Or, simply plan an outing (like a brunch or dinner date) to bring both families together before the wedding and begin forming family bonds.


Bruch, luncheon, Dinner, or a family outing is a good way to get to know each other

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