Monday, December 8, 2008

Wedding fun or tradition?

Was driving to a friend's place on Road 214, listening to some music, I suddenly registered a persistent honking. Thinking that maybe I had blocked traffic lost in my own thoughts, I moved aside to let the car behind me pass. To my irritation, the honking continued! I lowered the window pane, and, turned around to see who was being so irritating!

To my surprise, there was a cavalcade of some 8-10 cars, with their parking lights blinking, and all of them playing the beat with their horns - beep, beep, beeeeeeeep, beep, beep! I followed rather intrigued, as they all decided to do laps around the midan after the railway tracks.

And then the penny dropped! It was a wedding procession, cos the car in front was beautifully decorated with flowers. They all kept going around in circles with the car headlights flashing and the rhythemic beat of their rather loud horns. It was quite cute, actually. I must admit, the Masrys certainly know how to enjoy themselves and have fun!

But I was wondering whether this was a one off thing or is this usually done at / after weddings?

7 comments:

Connie said...

We live near a church - believe me, this happens ALL THE TIME!! I also like when you see all the trucks in the procession full of wedding gifts and the people riding on top - yelling and honking. It is quite a celebration.

An Egyptian said...

we usually do this after weddings, we enjoy huge risks in order to show how we are happy like using gunpowder works in Eids.

beeb, beeb, bebebebeeeeeeeeeeeeeb :)

Anonymous said...

Its done at all egyptian weddings :) I love the beep-beeep beeep beeep :D

Lauren Limón said...

We often noticed this living near the fly-over at Road 9. The processions would go over the fly-over at all random times, which is why it took us so long to figure out. Once was at 3am!

Cairo Typ0 said...

We saw this on our way home from the airport last night and couldn't figure out what was going on. Plus the young men driving were doing so in an incredibly erratic fashion. Now i know what its for! Thanks! :)

Ocarina said...

Ha! I live in Romania and we do the same! But this happens right before the wedding party, in between home, town's hall, church and the place where the wedding party is held. Such a small world!

Manisha said...

Ocarina, that is indeed a small world...